Twenty years ago the Jaguar XJR-14 changed the face of sportscar racing. It was such a leap forward in terms of what a two-seater racing car could be that its legacy can arguably still be seen today in the Audis and Peugeots that will race at Le Mans next month.
The car also helped to define the career of its creator, Ross Brawn. Just a few months after it first appeared he was installed by Tom Walkinshaw at Benetton. And a couple of months after that Tom and Ross head-hunted the sportscar racing rival that they really rated, a certain Michael Schumacher.
Martin Brundle, one of the drivers most closely associated with it, still cites the XJR-14 as his favourite racing car.
"It's not often that a car comes along like that and moves the goalposts significantly," he says. "It must have been like a Chapman F1 car. I always say it's my favourite racing car. And it got me the Benetton drive for 1992, because Tom - and Ross in particular - were so appreciative of how I drove it. It was a magnificent car."
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