>The Jaguar XJR-15 is celebrating its 30th anniversary along with the Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge. To celebrate these two momentous events, a special track tribute will take place on all three days of The Classic at Silverstone this year.
The 1991 Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge is regarded by many to be the ultimate one-make race series, while others claimed that it was just an £8m banger race. What is agreed upon though is that it was one of the most astonishing motorsport spectacles ever created.
In 1991, 16 beautiful Jaguar XJR-15s, each priced at £500,000, lined up for three exceptional showdowns supporting Grands Prix at Silverstone, Monaco, and Spa. The victor of the final round claiming an impressive £1m jackpot prize.
The XJR-15 has always considered the Silverstone as its spiritual home. The supercars were locally constructed in Bloxham by JaguarSport in a joint venture between Tom Walkinshaw Racing and Jaguar. The official public launch of the model was also performed at the circuit.
The showdown at Silverstone itself was quite memorable. The event happened after Nigel Mansell’s exciting victory in the British Grand Prix, and the Jaguars gave an even more electrifying finish to the outstanding weekend.
It was a surprisingly eventful race filled with thrills and spills that by the finish, only five of the 16 immaculate Mauritius Blue entries were unscathed. After an eventful 20 laps, Juan Manuel Fangio II claimed victory, exactly 45 years after his legendary uncle also claimed his last Formula 1 victory at the same circuit.
To honor the memorable race, the top three XJR-15 finishers, which were driven by Fangio, Bob Wolleck, and Ian Flux, will be returning to Silverstone for daily demonstration laps at The Classic.
July 14, 1991, Sunday, was a day that Flux will always remember. He recalled:
“Being the only Brit on the podium, I was given a hero’s welcome from all the hundreds of Mansell fans who’d stayed on to watch the Jaguars race. Hearing them all singing ‘Fluxie’ will forever be one of my everlasting memories. So now, 30 years on, it will be very, very special for me to be back at Silverstone with those same three XJR-15s at The Classic.”
Adding to the three podium finishers will be several other combatants from the Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge, and the R9R project prototype, as well as other road-registered XJR-15s.
Some members of the Walkinshaw family and the original staff from the Bloxham facility will also be having a reunion at a special display in the International Paddock at Silverstone.
The XJR-15 is normally remembered as a race car, but originally it was designed as a two-seater sports car – a road-going version of the XJR-9 Group C prototype which was the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours winner.
The XJR-15 features a mid-mounted, normally aspirated, 6-liter V12 engine, a Tony Southgate designed monocoque chassis and bodywork that was exquisitely sculpted by Peter Stevens. Both the body and chassis were constructed from carbon fiber and Kevlar making the XJR-15 the first road car in the world to be made entirely from composite materials.
Jaguar planned only a limited production run of 50 units though there were rumors that a couple more left through Bloxham’s backdoor.
The XJR-15 has a top speed of almost 200mph and limited downforce, with grip never being one of its strong points.
In early 1991, Tiff Needell was one of the first to give the XJR-15 a run while it was being tested at Silverstone for BBC Top Gear. He stated that the handling of the car was “exciting, to say the least.” He also correctly predicted that the three Grand Prix tracks would have a lot of slides when the 16 racers were to be let loose on the track.
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Jaguar XJR-15 Racers Return to The Classic
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/jaguar-xjr-15-racers/
Published Date: Sun, 04 Jul 2021 10:09:12 +0000
Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.
Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.
The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.
This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000
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The Swan Song of the V12
The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.
Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.
Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.
The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.
The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.
The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.
It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.
Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.
Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.
By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000
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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.
Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.
I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000
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