Fun and Interesting Facts about the Jaguar XJR
- The letters 'XJ' in the Jaguar XJR's model name originally stood for "Experimental Jaguar" saloon.
- The Jaguar XJR was introduced the same year when the Jaguar X300 was being produced. The Jaguar XJR was introduced as a high performance edition of the XJ series which was the fastest four-door production saloon.
- The Jaguar XJR was the first ever supercharged car that was manufactured by the automaker.
- Jaguar teamed up with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) for the first generation of the Jaguar XJR. The first generation of XJR was a joint venture between Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in which Jaguar agreed to ship the XJR models all the way to TWR's Kidlington factory where the cars were developed and set up as high-performance saloon. The high-performance first generation Jaguar XJR was called JaguarSport.
- The Jaguar XJR was initially equipped with the same 3.6 litre in-line six as the XJ40 but it went through major style and performance enhancements later on which included a re-profiled cam and a modified exhaust and intake. The last Jaguar XJR models for the first generation were equipped with a 4.0 in-line six which became the starting point for the model's second generation XJRs.
- The first generation of the Jaguar XJR were extremely rare. Jaguar produced approximately only 1,250 XJRs from 1989 to 1995. The first Jaguar XJRs came in two different versions. The earlier phase one cars had four headlights while the later phase two cars had square headlights.
- For the World Sportscar Championship Group C and the IMSA Camel GTP competition that took place from 1984 through 1993, Jaguar backed teams with their Jaguar XJR Sportscar. Bob Tullius came up with the project in which he formed the Group 44 racing team and campaigned Jaguar E-Types for the next two decades.
- Jaguar specially designed the XJR-5 model for competition in the IMSA's GTP class. The Jaguar XJR-5 was exclusively designed by Lee Dykstra as a car that could be equipped with a Jaguar V12 racing engine. The project, which followed Group 44's four previous cars named the XJR 1 through 4, was funded by Mike Dale of Jaguar Cars Inc. in New Jersey.