Jaguar Considering LMP1 Entry?


 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguar is working on a plan to mount its first bid in more than 20 years for overall honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The British sports-car manufacturer’s owner, Ratan Tata, and bosses at Jaguar parent company Tata Motors are known to be evaluating a return to the prototype ranks with an all-new LMP1. It is understood that a decision has been made in principle to mount an attack on the race at some point in the future. Ratan Tata is known to be a fan of Le Mans and was making comments about the value of a race that Jaguar has won seven times almost as soon as he bought the company from Ford in 2008. Jaguar subsequently returned to Le Mans in 2010 with Paul Gentilozzi’s RSR team, which continues to race its XKR GTE contender in the American Le Mans Series. The architects of that program at Jaguar–former managing director Mike O’Driscoll and head of global marketing boss CJ O’Donnell–have both left the company. New Tata Motors CEO Carl-Peter Forster, who formerly worked for BMW and General Motors in Europe, is said to support the LMP1 program. Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110714/ALMS/110719941#ixzz1S6CsGLhk

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