Film Night 16

It’s Saturday night, and it’s time for another Film Night!

Next weekend sees the 90th anniversary Le Mans 24 Hour Race in France and should feature a cracking scrap between the factory teams of Audi Sport and Toyota Motorsport. 20 Years ago this weekend though, all British eyes at Le Mans were focussed on the return to competition of one of the most evocative names in Le Mans history. Jaguar.

Having had spectacular success at La Sarthe in the late 80s in the Group C category with production-based V12 engined carbon-tubbed projectiles Jaguar’s ship had sunk a little towards the end of the formula as the turbo-charged, Metro 6R4-based replacement for the V12 never really matched its potential. The marque withdrew from Le Mans officially at the end of 1991.

In 1993 though Jaguar and, possibly more importantly, TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) were back!

This time the team took on the newly recreated GT division, with the stunning Jaguar XJ220. Drivers for that race were David Brabham, John Nielson and a very young F3000 driver David Coulthard. The car claimed a cracking win in the GT Division, but was later disqualified due a very minor paperwork technicality.

SO lets take a look at a documentary film about the development of the XJ220, which includes a stunning (then current) roadcar lap record run of the Nordschleife with John Nielson himself.


Also, here is some bonus footage of the car in action at the 1993 vingt quatre heures du mans.


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