Presented by RM Sotheby’s – For the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans, a team of three factory-backed Jaguar XJ220 Cs were prepared by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, who in 1988 and 1990 had won the race for Jaguar with their powerful XJR-9LM and XJR chassis- 12 respectively. TWR has been involved in the XJ220 project from the start through its JaguarSport Ltd. joint venture. with Jaguar and had intimate knowledge of the XJ220’s 3.5-liter V6 engine previously used in the team’s XJR-10 and XJR-11.
Four chassis were diverted to TWR from the XJ220 production line – chassis numbers 220836, 220837, 220838 and 220839 – of which the first three were designated as racing cars and the fourth as a spare. For internal purposes, the race cars were given TWR abbreviated serial numbers of 001, 002, and 003 respectively.
While international sports car races were going through a hiatus resulting from the demise of the World Sports Car Championship the previous year, Le Mans would run as a non-championship race in 1993 with open entries for a combination of cars from the Previous Generation Group C, 3.5 Liter FIA WSC Normally Aspirated Cars, IMSA WSC Cars and GT Production Cars.
This particular car, chassis 220838 (serial number 003) was to be driven by seasoned IMSA driver Jay Cochran, Formula 1 driver Paul Belmondo and emerging GT driver Andreas Fuchs, while the 001 would be driven by Armin Hahne, Win Percy and David. Leslie with 002 by former Le Mans winner John Nielsen and Grand Prix drivers David Brabham and David Coulthard. Although 003 was not completed on time, 001 and 002 showed an encouraging pace during the Le Mans test day in May, finishing second and third in the GT class behind the semi-factory Porsche 911 Turbo S. Hans Stuck.
Less than a month later, qualifying for the race itself showed that the performance of the XJ220 C on the test day was not due to chance, with the 002 once again qualifying as 2nd in the class. GT behind the Porsche Stuck. With 003 and 001 respectively third and fourth in GT qualifying, TWR approached the race with genuine optimism.
Unfortunately, after six laps of the race the 001 suffered a catastrophic cylinder head gasket failure, putting this car on its side within 30 minutes of the start. Meanwhile, Stuck’s Porsche developed a throttle after just two hours, which cost five laps of repair and promoted 002 and 003 to 1st and 2nd in class by nightfall. TWR’s eventful race continued with the Nielsen / Brabham / Coulhard car dropping the class lead at 003 in order to repair a severe fuel leak, while Fuchs in 003 later suffered a high-speed tire failure. on the Mulsanne straight which made it turn 360 degrees. degrees, but fortunately without touching anything. Although he carefully returned the car to the pits, terminal damage was caused to the cooling system as a result of the explosion, and the 003 crew were forced to retire after 176 laps.
Serial number 002 would bravely recover from his unforeseen pit stop to regain the lead in the GT class and cross the line in a nice 15th place overall and 1st in the GT class, only to fail the post-race check. due to the lack of catalytic converters. , resulting in disqualification.
Number 003 returned to Le Mans in 1995 as part of a two-car team led by private team PC Automotive, although from the start it was clear that the landscape of GT racing was very different from that of 1993. Confronted the XJ220 C in the GT1 category. There were seven new McLaren F1 GTRs, three Ferrari F40 LM / GTE variants and three Porsche 911 RSRs, not to mention an assortment of Venturis, Nissan GTR-LM and a Lister Storm. Qualifying confirmed the team’s suspicions: although they improved the 1993 003 best time by almost two seconds, in two years they dropped from 3rd to 14th. Heavy rain fell for much of the race, which took a toll on McLaren’s strength. After struggling throughout the race and running to 4th place in its class, 003 again succumbed to engine failure after 135 laps.
Serial number 003 eventually passed into the collection of an active member of the Jaguar Car Club of Japan. Unfortunately, while he was the owner, the car was involved in an accident and suffered damage to the front, right side. It was then sent to renowned XJ220 specialists at Don Law Racing in the UK to be fully repaired and restored to its 1993 Le Mans livery at a cost of almost £ 200,000. Acquired by M. Guikas in February 2020, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a true factory Jaguar – and two-time Le Mans contender – from the golden years of GT racing that is highly eligible for a variety racing series across the globe, including Endurance Racing Legends, Master Endurance Legends and Le Mans Classic. The car will be delivered with ACO technical verification forms.
Much rarer than an F40 LM, this is a fantastic opportunity for the next owner to show up on the track with a masterpiece.
RM Sotheby’s will present this vehicle as part of a one-owner collection made up of 75 of the most beautiful racing and road cars in the world, offered entirely without reservation. The Guikas collection, which will be sold at the Paul Ricard circuit in France in November 2021, features pedigrees ranging from the endurance races of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the world stage of Formula 1 and almost everything in between. The racing car collection will provide modern racing enthusiasts with an introduction to virtually any vintage racing series from around the world, including GT and road cars which are equally impressive and offer a wide selection of sports cars from around the world. before and after the war.