TWR Techeetah has reprised the famous 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 Le Mans-winning livery for its Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY entry.
The color scheme, which was based on the corporate colours of Jaguar’s sponsor in the 1988 World Sports Prototype Championship, Silk Cut, has become one of the iconic color schemes in motorsport history.
Stefan Rzadzinski will drive the new-look I-PACE in Mexico City this weekend after he was chosen to represent the new team at the last minute before the opening round at Ad Diriyah in December.
“We’re incredibly proud of our collaboration with TWR and this livery is synonymous with their engineering excellence and success across motorsport categories,” said TWR Techeetah team principal Keith Smout.
“Together, we’re pushing to continue this history of winning into the all-electric era, as we push to become the inaugural champions of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.
“We know that there is a real affinity for retro liveries amongst fans, can’t wait to see the response that our cars get at this weekend’s race.”
TWR Techeetah’s Mark Preston worked alongside TWR founder Tom Walkinshaw at Arrows F1 in 1996 when he was a design engineer with the team.
As well as the memorable 1988 win at Le Mans where Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Johnny Dumfries took the Jaguar XJR-9 to victory, the model also won five other rounds of the 1988 WSPC season.
These were at Jarama, Silverstone, Monza, Brands Hatch and Fuji and contributed to Martin Brundle being crowned that year’s drivers’ champion.
Eddie Cheever, John Nielsen, Derek Daly, Larry Perkins, Kevin Cogan, Danny Sullivan, Price Cobb, Davy Jones, John Watson, Raul Boesel and Henri Pescarolo also drove Jaguar XJR-9 Group C cars in 1988.
The new livery will debut on Rzadzinski’s car at this weekend’s Mexico City round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.