Remembering the Jaguar XJR9-LM

by • January 4, 2016 • FeatureComments (0)8316

Legendary racing driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andy Wallace relived his 1988 victory by taking to the Silverstone circuit to drive the Jaguar XJR9-LM in its iconic Silk Cut livery Wallace discusses his experiences in the XJR9-LM and his win at Le Mans.

Driving at night on the Silverstone circuit gave Wallace the opportunity to also test the new LED headlights on the new Jaguar XJ. “Driving at Le Mans back in 1988, it was so hard to see at night,” said Wallace. “We were travelling at around 240mph and it was too fast to see the road ahead. We used the lights more to catch glimpses of landmarks as they whizzed past, so we knew where we were.

“These days, modern road cars have incredible lights. LED technology allows you to see three times the distance we could back then, while active steer and bend also help target the lights to the places you want to see.

“As a driver, whether you’re cruising on the road or pushing for performance on track, that level of vision really helps to give you confidence and that improves safety, performance and precision. I would love to have had the modern lights we have now on the XJR9-LM.”

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