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TWR Techeetah Launches Retro Livery

TWR Techeetah will race with a famous retro livery from Mexico City onwards…

Photo: TWR Techeetah

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.

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    February 12, 2019 at 10:08 am

    It seems as if tobacco is making a big comeback in racing at the moment which is concerning. I get that the Silk Cut Jaguar looked cool, but I don’t think they should be celebrating that paint scheme. Just like the Porches at Le Mans last year.

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      Edward Hunter

      February 12, 2019 at 11:09 am

      I don’t see the Silk Cut logo anywhere. TBH it’s fine; a few years ago I remember Williams did a livery that was deliberately based on the Rothmans one that they had in the 1990’s. And people are still obsessed with the JPS Lotus livery; we’ve seen so many knock-offs of it over the years. So if they’re fair game then so is this.

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        Old Guit

        February 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

        Not so sure. Methinks the first thing anyone would think about this livery is “Silk Cut” whereas the Black & Gold HAS had so many “knock-offs” that it’s no longer simply JPS. If I were Japan Tobacco marketing manager I’d be either pleased as punch about getting $thousands of sponsorship promotion for nothing, or desperately trying to keep it quiet that I’d sent a few grand in TWR Teecheetah’s direction

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