• Jan 11th 2007 at 5:03PM
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Guess this really is racecar revelation Thursday. First Mazda and Peugeot showed off their prototype racers and now we are hearing about production-based racecars. At the same Birmingham show that will see the debut of Aston Martin's V8 Vantage N24 customer track car, Jaguar is showing its new XKR GT3 car. The Autosport International Show at the NEC, Birmingham is the place and the car is the race version of Jaguar's sporty new aluminum-bodied, supercharged XKR, this one eligible for the FIA GT3 European Championship.

More info after the jump and click here for the gorgeous high-res gallery of this hot racer.

[Source: Apex Motorsport]

Richard Lloyd and the Apex Motorsport crew have developed this ferocious feline to compete in the GT3 series that has become so popular around the world. They currently have one car sold and two others are about to be gobbled up in the near future. Apex has been pretty successful in Le Mans racing, having competed with the Bentley Speed 8 most recently, winning the 2003 24 Hours in the process.

This isn't an official factory effort, but Jaguar would certainly love to return to the podium as it moves forward from its recent fiscal worries. Apex hopes to have the car ready for the first race of the season at Silverstone in May. They plan to boost the power of Jaguar's 4.2-liter supercharged V8 to 475 hp in race trim. Official FIA track tests still need to be conducted to determine which, if any, changes will need to be made to the car in the interest of competitiveness. The first of those tests will take place at Monza on February 22 and 23.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      But were the headlights from the 60's? Yeah, I thought so.

      If you're going to try and insult me (and also lie about owning an XK), at least use proper grammar. I can't stand communicating with nine-year-olds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this means the return of Jaguar as a credible part of racing. If the XK-R GT3 can win in GT/GTS racing, it might help the XK in sales. People might then be willing to look past the Taurus front-end.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The headlamps look nothing like a Taurus! I want whatever you're smoking because it must be good!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wish this car came with GTR 2 (great game if you're a car affectionado BTW plus its only $20)

      Hopefully the XKR will give the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (my current favorite car in the game next to the Lotus) a run for the money at the 07' FIA events.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      One of the most beautiful race cars Ive ever seen!
      • 8 Years Ago
      seabass i am not 9 more like 29... the headlights are 60's themed too... take a look at the e type... and i never said i owned one... i own an S-type (the Kia themed one) sorry to be so abrasive... but it vexes me when people comment on things they don't understand... the 96 Taurus was designed by the xk's designer's brother... aint that something...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seabass: u retard... this is the first time and last time i will tell u this. but the oval front on the xk is from the 1960's etype...

      and if i loan u an xk for a week... u might kill ur self after i take it back...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seaass: stop trying, you're still retard
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