Back to the Track: Jaguar Unveils XKR GT3 Racer

Jaguar and motorsports have — of late — combined like cats and 220v power lines. Having smothered Jackie Stewart's former F1 team under a deluge of Ford bux earlier in the century, the company's coming back with a new FIA GT3 racer it hopes will reclaim the Jaguar racing heritage. A joint venture with Apex Motorsport, the new XKR GT3 will compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship — a relatively new sports car series, whose entries include the Aston Martin DB9, Corvette Z06, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo and Maserati GranSport. It's not a factory team, though Jag is greenlighting Apex's efforts and providing it with XKR models powered by the company's supercharged, 4.2-liter V8. Apex upclocks that powerplant to 475 hp, and inserts a Hewland six-speed sequential gearbox and tri-plate carbon racing clutch in place of the six-speed ZF automatic. Shakedown testing will come next month at Monza, where we'll get final specs.

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