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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1987
Numbers built:3 + 3 converted XJR-6s
Designed by:Tony Southgate for TWR
Predecessor:Jaguar XJR-6
Successor:Jaguar XJR-9 LM
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 23, 2018
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Chassis: J12-C-287
This was the second of three new XJR-8 chassis built for the 1987 season. It was used predominantly by Raoul Boesel and Eddie Cheever in the sprint races of the World Championship. The car was raced to four of the XJR-8's eight victories that year, which was enough for Boesel to be crowned champion. It was subsequently upgraded to XJR-9 specifications and campaigned for two more seasons. As an XJR-9 it was entered at Le Mans twice with 8th in 1989 as the best result. At the end of that year, it was retired to the TWR Museum.

After the bankruptcy of TWR, the car passed into private hands for the first time. Chassis 287 was prepared for racing again and fitted with the XJR-8 style bodywork, to honour its most successful season. From 2008 it has been competed in select events by Justin Law. That year and again in 2009 he set the fastest time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, beating several well driven Formula 1 cars. In 2010, Law drove the XJR-8 to victory in the Group C support race of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chassis 287 is pictured at each of these occasions.


Chassis details
Manufactured in February 1987
First owner Silk Cut Jaguar
Major wins
1987 Jerez 1000 km (Eddie Cheever / Raoul Boesel)
1987 Silverstone 1000 km (Eddie Cheever / Raoul Boesel)
1987 Brands Hatch 1000 km (John Nielsen / Raoul Boesel)
1987 Nurburgring 1000 km (Eddie Cheever / Raoul Boesel)
Last known location British Historic Racer
Appearances

2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 Goodwood Preview
2013 Goodwood Preview 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Preview 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans
2010 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans
2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed
2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed
2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed

  Article Image gallery (96) Chassis (3) J12-C-287 Specifications