|Jaguar XJR-19 Le Mans Racer
Back in 1988 and 1990, Jaguar took the chequered flag at Le Mans
with the XJR-9 and XJR-12 group C race cars. To commemorate the historic
victories, and 30 years since Jaguar's last Le Mans 24hr win, transport
designer Mark Hostler has developed a futuristic racer for the year
The design of the Jaguar XJR-19 LMP1 concept was heavily influenced
by the XJR-9 and XJR-12, focusing on cutting a smooth, fluid
shape into a primarily rectangular form.This has resulted in a central
pod consisting of the passenger cell and drivetrain, suspended between
a skeleton of sharp, flat surfaces that echo the slab sided group
C racers of the 1980s and '90s.
The body shape of the XJR-19 concept is designed to control airflow
around the car to provide better cooling to the engine, transmission
and brakes, while also increasing downforce and reducing drag.
The minimalist, pared back design of the car has also been engineered
to reduce repair and refit times.
The Jaguar XJR-19 takes advantage of unique and futuristic material
technologies, including structural batteries for large areas
of the chassis and aerodynamic components. By creating a material
that will hold a charge between two conductive carbon layers and curing
it like a traditional composite, the need for heavy on-board lithium
battery packs is eliminated. The remainder of the bodywork is composed
of carbon nanotube reinforced polymer (CNRP). A material which
impregnates carbon nanofillaments into epoxy along with carbon matting
for added rigidity and toughness, making it stronger and lighter than
regular carbon fibre or kevlar.
The powertrain is a hybrid setup which consists of a turbocharged
and supercharged 2.7 litre diesel V8, combined with a gearbox-mounted
electric motor. The system employs a kinetic energy recovery system
(KERS) in the form of regenerative braking systems, and magnetic shock
absorbers which convert suspension movement and vibration into electrical
|Engine / Drivetrain
||hybrid, diesel V8 and electric motor