1966 jaguar xj13




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  • The Jaguar XJ13 was built to content Le Mans in the s, but slow development meant that it was outclassed before it ever hit the track.

    Jaguar XJ Built to bring Jaguar back to Le Mans, the XJ13 has the sad story of never competing in a race. It was initially prepared to.

    Replicating the Jaguar destined to race the formidable GT40's at Le Mans, the prototype XJ13 was severely damaged during high speed testing at MIRA and.

    1966 jaguar xj13

    1966 jaguar xj13

    Retrieved from " https: This page was last edited on 11 July , at It never raced, and only one was produced. Sadly, the car was driven by Dewis at speed on a damaged tyre, against the instructions of Jaguar director England. This included a V12 engine in a mid-mounted position which was very new to Jaguar.

    1966 jaguar xj13

    1966 jaguar xj13

    1966 jaguar xj13

    1966 jaguar xj13

    1966 jaguar xj13

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    By , the regulations changed to only allow a three liter capacity and the XJ13 was rendered permanently redundant. This included a V12 engine in a mid-mounted position which was very new to Jaguar. The design basically mated two DOHC six cylinder engines to a common crankshaft and aluminum block. It used Lucas mechanical injection to produce bhp and was directly attached as an integral part of the aluminum chassis.

    The block and trans axle acted as the only support structure behind the rear bulkhead which meant that the suspension mounted directly onto the sides of the unit. The gorgeous body was sculpted by aerodynamist Malcom Sayer who was also responsible for the successful D-Type and C-Type.

    1966 jaguar xj13

    Like those, it had the striking aesthetics that could sell cars and the functionality to win LeMans. Thus, in the hands of Norman Dewis, the car reached mph down the straight at the MIRA test track and established a new lap record. The car was extensively tested and revised each time during nine separate tests from Match to August Hobbs indicated rear wheel steer and Attwood roll oversteer.

    This meant that the XJ13 became the first car to use the V12 engine which would eventually power Jaguars from to When finally released to the public and press in , the car was taken back at the MIRA test track for some promotional filming.

    1966 jaguar xj13

    Unfortunately, while Norman Dewis was traveling mph on some high banking, the Jag lost a wheel and flipped end over end in a devastating crash. Luckily both Dewis and car survived, as it was remarkably rebuilt two years later instead of going to scrap like so many other race cars of the era.

    I did three, and they were quite quick, although not as quick as I had gone in testing. Then on the third lap I came onto the banking, which was the one opposite the tunnel banking where the film crew were, at about , and gave it full throttle to hold it in as usual. The original body bucks were retained by Abbey Panels, so the new body was an identical match to the first expect new fender flares were added. Jaguar kept the refurbished XJ13 in their Heritage Collection and displayed it sporadically at major autoshows.

    Sometime after , the XJ fell off a high kerb cracking the engine block and destroying the sump. Afterward, the bold decision was made to once again rebuild the XJ13 and refurbish the engine to fully working condition. The finished car debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where its full roar could be finally heard for the first time in 35 years.

    1966 jaguar xj13

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