The Jaguar XKR GT3 car was born out of an association between Richard Lloyd’s Apex racing team and Jaguar designed to put a car on the grid of the then-new FIA GT3 Championship. Alas its progress came to a halt with Lloyd’s untimely death in a plane crash.
It made its track debut in 2007 at the Silverstone 24 Hours and went on to win GT3 in the Dubai rounds of the FIA GT European Championship. The Jaguar was also third overall in the Britcar Spa 4-Hours race.
The XKR GT3 retained the supercharged 4.2-litre quad-cam V8 engine of the road-going Jaguar, with some alterations to aid durability and to boost power output to around 500bhp. Cooling was provided by an air-to-water cooler mounted low down in the nose of the car to cool the water from the standard supercharger charge coolers, with an oil-to-air cooler mounted behind that for the dry-sump oil system. The main engine cooling duties were handled by an NRP aluminium radiator mounted in the standard factory position.
Power was transmitted to the rear wheels via a carbon propshaft to a six-speed Hewland sequential transaxle in the rear. The suspension was altered by Apex to utilise unequal-length double wishbones on all four corners and specially fabricated anti-roll bars, controlled by Koni two-way adjustable coil-over shock absorbers.
Braking at the front was controlled by Alcon six-pot calipers wrapped around 375mm discs, and at the rear Alcon four-pot calipers with 330mm discs. Apex used an AP Racing floor-mounted, adjustable brake bias pedal assembly, with the bias control mounted on the central column below the electrical switches.
The car used the same lightweight aluminium chassis as the road car, with the addition of a steel roll cage is to protect the driver.
Front mounted 4.2-litre V8 XKR supercharged DOHC engine
Power/torque: 510bhp@6500rpm, 457lb ft@4600rpm
MOTEC engine management system
Six-speed Hewland DTM sequential gearbox with flat shift
Michelin 30/65-18 S8C front tyres
Michelin 31/71-18 S8C rear tyres
Quick-fill ATL fuel system, 108 litres capacity
Three-way adjustable InTrax dampers, XKR double wishbone front and rear
AP 6-pot calipers front on 375 mm discs
AP 4-pot calipers rear on 330 mm discs
Weight: 1240 kg
0-62mph: 3.9 seconds
Top speed (depending on gearing) 165 mph