Remember Jaguar’s mean XKR GT2 coupe? Although the car was built to compete in the American Le Mans Series, the automaker revealed the car is headed for the real thing — the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We are delighted the ACO has granted us entry in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Paul Gentilozzi, principal partner of Jaguar RSR. “It is a race that is held dearly in the hearts of motorsport fans across the world and for Jaguar to be racing again is something special.”
As was the case in the ALMS, both Scott Pruett and Marc Goossens will pilot the XKR GT2 around the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 10. Pruett already has a trophy from the 2001 race, as he piloted a Corvette C5-R to victory in the LMGTS class. The duo hopes to replicate such success with their Jaguar — doing so would not only be a highlight of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary celebrations, but would also be the brand’s seventh win at Le Mans.
“It was 20 years ago that Jaguar last won Le Mans,” said C.J. O’Donnell, Jaguar’s global marketing director. “Returning to Le Mans will reignite excitement for the marque all over the globe, all the more poignant in our 75th year.”
Expect the XKR GT2 — which was built upon a standard production XKR — to enter Le Mans relatively unchanged from its ALMS form. The car makes use of the same supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 found in the stock coupe, but power has been boosted to 550 hp.