This AUTOart model is the TWR Jaguar XJ-S that had great success in the European Touring Car Championship in the 1984 season after the V12 was allowed to use Cosworth valves and pistons bumping the power to 450bhp. The XJ-S was the successor to the XK-E and oddly was more aerodynamic as well as allowing for much wider racing tires. TWR or Tom Walkinshaw Racing was given the go-ahead to create a Class A race team for the ETCC with the idea that the publicity might make it more attractive for investors to purchase it from British Leyland.
AUTOart continues their Jaguar lineup with this beautiful model (although quite frankly many of us are still waiting for the promised stable of E-types).
There's a lot of nice features on this midrange model of the Millenium series but the best feature is the eye-popping green and white liveried finish offset by the properly scuffed Dunlops.
The interior is dedicated to this race car with the interior stripped of seats and flooring. There's a full roll cage, competition steering wheel, separate console for the switches. a Recaro seat with five point harness and all the exposed plumbing and accessories you'd expect.
The engine bay is well plumbed and wired with a few metal pieces like the throttle linkage and plated radiator cap to give a more richer look than usual. The trunk reveals the large tank with twin fillers and electric fuel pump.
The suspension is fixed and the stance seems accurate if not menacing.
I always liked the XJ-S body shape but thought it a tad soft and decadent. This race version adds just the hard purposeful edge it needs.