JAGUAR XJR-8LM - 1987 SILVERSTONE
This is a scale model kit to be assembled by an adult; it includes all the parts as indicated, but it does not include glue or paints.
The version of the Jaguar XJR-8 that participated in the fourth round of the World Sport Prototype Championship held at Silverstone.
Compared to previous versions of the kit, in addition to a new decal sheet, new resin parts are included for the extension located in the center of the front hood, and also for the reproduction of the air outlets above the wings of the front wheels.
Additional details for the Jaguar XJR-8 car scale model kit:
Manufactured by Hasegawa in 1/24 scale with reference HAS20615.
Belongs to the Silk Cut Jaguar Team.
Driven by Martin Brundle + John Nielsen with number 6
Raced at the FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship (WSPC) in 1987.
Includes plastic parts, resin parts, rubber parts, water slide decals, assembly instructions and painting instructions.
The Jaguar XJR-8 was seen in two different configurations at the Silverstone race in May 1987.
Three of the XJR-8 units were in the sprint (high downforce) configuration, and a fourth unit used the low downforce setting commonly used at Le Mans.
In this latter configuration, a reshaped nose panel and lower mounted, single element rear wing are evident.
Also, this unit ran without the rear wheel covers, looking to save time at pit stops.
As a curiosity, this only happened in the 1987 edition of the 24 hours of Le Mans (the wheel covers reappeared in 1988 on the XJR-9LM), as the drivers felt the difference, since without the covers the cars lost up to 10 percent downforce.
This fourth unit entered in the 1,000 km of Silverstone was therefore intended to serve as a test for the 24 hours of Le Mans, which was the next race on the calendar.
Its drivers, Martin Brundle and John Nielsen, raced well for three-quarters of the distance, at which point they were forced to retire due to a broken engine valve spring.
That was precisely the idea, that the pair of drivers would push and drive without reservation to see if there were any weaknesses.