I don’t think it has been thoroughly analysed before because it never raced and ran out of time – but could the XJ13 have won at Le Mans against the might of Ford and its GT40?
We have now conducted a very thorough examination the facts and direct comparisons, and you may be surprised at our independent conclusions.
More than that even – why didn’t the XJ13, especially since it had a purpose-built new quad cam V12 engine, ever race?
We have found out why, and why the entire secret programme stalled and caused a huge amount of angst amongst Jaguar’s Experimental Department engineers and test drivers – some of whom raced the GT40 or other similar sportscars at the time!
Through Lofty England, Jaguar even borrowed a GT40 from Ford Advance Vehicles to examine, and we find the very same car. We also investigate the scale of the Ford effort to win Le Mans with the GT40 thanks to the late-Frank Gardner who was part of it’s Le Mans programme on multiple occasions.
It is a fascinating story, and also a tribute to the brilliance of Jaguar’s minuscule team of engineers.
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