Wednesday, 2 October 2013

NEWS: Jaguar XJR12 'Suntec' Jaguar XJR12
CA13d, 'Suntec', 24h Le Mans 1991, David Leslie are about to release the Suntec Jaguar XJR12 and I have to say I'm in love with the livery on this slot, the combination of British Racing Green and gold wheels is very eye-catching.  Driven at Le Mans in 1991 by David Leslie (GB), Mauro Martini (I) and Jeff Krosnoff (USA) the Suntec entry did not finish due to an input shaft failure after 183 laps.

The Jaguar XJR9 and XJR12 are very unique looking slot cars due to the covered rear wheels and low mounted rear wing.  If so desired the rear wheel covers can be removed for racing (allowing the body to more freely roll on the chassis) but the slot doesn't look half as impressive in my opinion. have also developed a more robust rear wing that can be used when racing the big cat.

From the Team: 'The Jaguar XJR12 is a sport-prototype racing car, born in 1990 to replace the XJR9. This model featured a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.

The engine was a V12 engine with two valves per cylinder. In 1990, displace- ment was 6 liters for the IMSA version and 7 liters in the Group C configuration; these values were increased in 1991, becoming 6.5 liters for the American version and 7.4 for the European one, whose weight was respectively 930 and 1000 kg.

The XJR12 was employed by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in particular for the long distance races, such as Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, as this car was very reliable and regular in race trim. The car was a superb racer: in 1990, it finished 1st and 2nd in the Daytona and Le Mans 24 Hours races, and in 3rd place at Sebring. Later on, it finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place at Le Mans in 1991, and in 2nd at Daytona in 1992.

The car number 36, colour ‘british racing green’ and sponsored by Suntec, was a surprise in the entry list of the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours. Its most experienced driver was David Leslie who drove with two pilots coming from Japanese F3000 championship, Mauro Martini and Jeff Krosnoff.'
From Wikipedia: 'The Jaguar XJR-12 is a sports-prototype race car built by Jaguar for both Group C and IMSA Camel GTP.

The car is famous for winning the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans. Weighing 900 kg, and powered by a 7 L 60 degree SOHC V12 developing 730 hp / 545 kW @ 7000 rpm, and 579 ft.-lb. / 785 N·m @ 5500 rpm, the XJR-12 could hit 368 km/h / 229 mph.

During the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans, the XJR-12 covered 4882.4 km at an average speed of 204.036 km/h / 126.782 mph with a maximum trap speed of 353 km/h / 219 mph.'

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