Gallery: the long road to the Jaguar F-Type
Ian Callum, director of design, talks exclusively on the cars that led Jaguar to today’s all-conquering roadster
Posted: 02 May 2013
Ian Callum on… the 1990 XJR-15
“I think much of the world has forgotten about this car, or maybe didn't notice it much in the first place.
“It was designed by Peter Stevens, most famous for the McLaren F1. I think it’s one of his best — I prefer it to the McLaren in an odd sort of way. It has a beautiful fuselage with real shape and tension, very dramatic proportions and is absolutely stunning to see on the road. There’s a beautiful, minimal racecar cabin sitting within the arches. Certainly worthy of a Jaguar, but Walkinshaw wanted to call it a TWR — that would have been an interesting twist of history. Still, politics demanded it be a Jag.
“The 6-litre V12 was amazing, strapped to its own unique carbon tub, just like a race car... It was a race car, with a similar layout to the XJR9. I still have the TWR V12 badge that was originally destined for it. I have driven one of these. Not many people have!”