The Jaguar XJR-9 was built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing. It has a 7.0-liter V12 and the Silk Cut sponsored car won the 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans. Here's how it sounds today.

Le Mans is next week, and Travis and I will be there with Audi to witness Porsche's return and Toyota's third attempt against the Germans.

Earlier this year, I also got a glimpse into the race's past when an amazing fleet of low-drag Le Mans prototypes blasted through the British countryside at the 72nd Goodwood Member's Meeting.

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The Silk Cuts were there too, and this is how their upgraded XJS V12s sounded:

Look at those velocity stacks! Trumpets of speed...