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Jaguar To Compete In The American Le Mans Series

Posted in American Le Mans Series, General, Jaguar, Racing by Geoff | May 17th, 2009 | 1 Response |
Jaguar XKF To Race In GT2 Class

Jaguar XKF To Race In GT2 Class

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.

Jaguar XKF GT2

Jaguar XKF GT2

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.

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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.

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  1. Ryan says:

    This is a great time to enter The American Le Mans Series. Even small tracks like Limerock Park draw 100,000+ spectators, TV viewership each race is in the millions. As far as a technological standpoint, now is the best time to enter, the companies who are cutting back their racing programs lose the real world feedback and developement they receive from their race teams are going to come out of this funk behind companies like Acura, Mazda, Audi, Peugot, JAGAUR, etc… who push further into American Le Mans Series participation which almost requires teams to constantly innovate to stay ahead unlike series such as NASCAR which requires teams to use aniquated, heavily regulated cars that do not provide any relevance to the showroom other than advertising.