Although this would seem the absolute worst time to in which to launch a new racing team, especially in the American Le Mans Series which does not draw like NASCAR; Rocketsports Racing (RSR) and Jaguar are partnering up to field an XKR to run in the GT2 class. Despite the poor timing, the air does seems a little sweeter with a Jaguar back in the fold of the racing world here in the States.
Construction of the Jaguar XKR is near completion at the RSR facility with development of a new AJ-133 direct injected 5-liter normally aspirated engine that should be ready by mid-summer. RSR will be building at least three XKRs this year and will have cars available for customer use in 2010.
This is not the first collaboration between Rocketsports and Jaguar. In November 2008, RSR subjected a Jaguar XFR to the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah where it achieved a top speed of 225.675 mph, the fastest production Jaguar ever. RSR is also developing high performance aftermarket components for the XKR and the upcoming XFR.