20 years on: The cat that owned the cream
In 1991, Adam Cooper - then AUTOSPORT's world sportscar correspondent - was invited to take a first look at Jaguar's XJR-14 contender. What he found was a machine that quite literally changed the lives of nearly everyone associated with it
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.
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The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...
The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why
OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad
Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken
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