1981 Jaguar XJS

Started on July 8 by Group44

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Group 44 Inc BoB Tullius 1981 Jaguar XJS Sillouette Trans Am Race Car Chassis XJR-4 (only 1 built) 1st Tube Frame Purpose built race car by Group 44 Commisioned by Jaguar to Win the 1981 Trans Am Championship Won Three Trans Am Races Mosport, Portland & Brainerd Finished 2nd in Championship, DNF's cost Tullius the Championship Then Raced in 1982 Daytona 24hrs by Tullius, Bill Adam & Gorden Smiley Ran IMSA GTX Class with Prototypes as it was deemed too modified for GTO 1st Jaguar V12 to complete a 24 hrs endurance race and signaled Jaguar & Group 44's Road to Le Mans with the V12 powered XJR-5's Ran shaved Goodyear Wingfoot street tires for sponsor Goodyear The car was clocked at 193 mph on the banking with street tires! Gorden Smiley was to race XJR-4 in the 1982 Trans Am Series but was tragically killed during practice at the Indy 500. The car was sold by Tullius to Paul Pettey a fellow trans am racer who placed it into retirement and sat in a barn with another Historic Jaguar racer, a D-Type (XKD549) Pettey died tragically in 1997 and the cars were sold off in an Estate Sale, XJR-4 was purchased and restored by SVRA Owner/President Howard Turner. The car was Featured in Classic Motorsports Magazine (May 2005 Issue) In the summer of 2005 the car was bought by Longtime Jaguar Racers Andrew & Steve Moore of Canada. XJR-4 is Raced in Historic Trans Am/ IMSA class with SVRA, HSR, VARAC and was at the 2009 Walter Mitty Historic Races for the Group 44 Reunion! See Added Photos from the Reunion

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June 08

Group 44 XJS

This Rare Group 44 XJS Race car is now available for sale.

May 08

Group 44 Tent

XJR-4 proudly sits with the other eight Group 44 Racers in the Marque Tent Not all of the cars are visable in the shot Jaguar XJR-4 (1981 XJS) Jaguar XJR-1 (1975 XKE) Jaguar XJR-5.007 (1985 GTP) Triumph Spitfire Triumph GT6+ ...

May 08

Group 44 Reunion Dinner

This photo was taken at the Group 44 Dinner, Bob Tullius is with XJR-4, Owner Andrew Moore and Driver Steve Moore.

May 08

Group 44 Parade Laps

XJR-4 sits on the grid with the Group 44 Parade, along for the ride is Bob Tullius's grandson Riley

May 08

CM Group 44 Dinner

Thanks to the Staff at Classic Motorsports and Grass Roots Motorsports for hosting the Group 44 Reunion Dinner. As guests arrived they were met with a display of Nine Group 44 Race Cars!

May 08

Group 44 Reunion

Bob Tullius and Lanky Fouchee with XJR-4

March 15

The View

This is the view most racers saw of the Big Cat!

March 14

Tube Frame Chassis

XJR-4 was the first purpose built tube framed chassis by Group 44. The previous Group 44 XJS's were production chassis's modified for racing. This picture shows the construction of the tube frame chassis with the V12 motor at the Group ...

March 14

Back in the Day

On the starting Grid for the 1981 SCCA Trans Am Race at Mosport Tullius qualified 3rd and Won the race, this photo is part of a 3 part series at zoompics on the Group 44 Jaguar XJS

March 14

Thundering Elegence

Group 44 Chassis XJR-4

March 14

Jag V12 Power

600 HP V12 with webers

March 13

More Pics

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Jul 8, 2008 2:38 p.m.
Lof8 - Andy:
Damn cool car!!
Jul 8, 2008 2:59 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
That odd sound your hearing? It's drool hitting the keyboard.
Jul 8, 2008 3:23 p.m.
Powar (Forum Supporter):
Oh my. That's phenomenal.
Jul 8, 2008 9:46 p.m.
Very nice write up on a very unique automobile. I love Vintage cars and the stories they bring to the table!
Jul 8, 2008 10:40 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter):
Jul 9, 2008 5:23 a.m.
That's an absolutely beautiful machine. Very cool indeed!
Jul 10, 2008 6:02 p.m.
a nice short story. Awsome car!!
Jul 11, 2008 12:21 p.m.
Giant Purple Snorklewacker:
Very nice
Jul 17, 2008 4:34 p.m.
That thing is too cool... even has a cool history!!
Jul 24, 2008 10:26 p.m.
w o w. Beautiful!
Sep 5, 2008 10:15 a.m.
EastCoastMojo (Forum Supporter):
The only thing that would make that picture sweeter is if there was an exploding building in the background. Very cool car.
Sep 10, 2008 6:15 p.m.
Robert Bowen:
sexy. Who knew those could look so good?
Sep 27, 2008 1:36 p.m.
I had no idea a car of this magnitude was in our little community. Awesome. Just awesome.
Oct 9, 2008 9:08 a.m.
That is secks. Pure and simple.
Oct 11, 2008 8:52 a.m.
MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 11, 2008 10:59 p.m.
"that is so cool" yes, I said it aloud.
Nov 13, 2008 9:26 a.m.
Wow. So very awesome.
Nov 22, 2008 2:47 a.m.
geat looking car, just fabulous, now that is a proper brithish touring car.
Dec 21, 2008 9:32 a.m.
See & hear the roar of this 6 Litre V12 Monster at the 2009 Walter Mitty Historic Races at Road Atlanta where there will be a Group 44 Reunion Race!
Jan 18, 2009 3:06 p.m.
Tim Baxter:
Looking forward to seeing this one -- and the other Group 44 cars -- at The Mitty.
Jan 20, 2009 4:42 p.m.
This is one sweet car! As a Jag mechanic I have always wanted to build a modified XJS. I am drooling.
Feb 2, 2009 6:14 p.m.
few people have heard 12 cylinders at 7000rpm with such long 4" side pipes, deep and fantastic, not the fart sound of many open exhausts.
Apr 9, 2009 11:58 p.m.
Apr 28, 2009 7:24 a.m.
We are Mitty Bound, come by the paddock and say hi!
May 8, 2009 6:31 p.m.
Thanks to everyone at Classic Motorsports and GRM for putting on an amazing event. I have updated the profile photos with shots from the event alnog with photos of Bob Tullius and his Crew Chief Lanky Fouchee. Next stop for the Big Cat will be the HSR Event at Watkins Glen in June
May 8, 2009 11:20 p.m.
Thanks for bringing the car out! Great weekend. I'll bet the Gp44 guys loved seeing it again..
Aug 18, 2009 2:27 p.m.
reminds me of the old Broadspeed XJ
Nov 5, 2009 4:41 p.m.
I want to hear this car runnnnnnnnnnnnning! V12+ Webbers= Fap fap fap fap fap
Dec 22, 2009 10:04 a.m.
The Group 44 1981 Jaguar XJS has been #1 in the Readers Rides for over a year! Plans for 2010 include the Goodwood Festival of Speed
May 24, 2010 8 p.m.
Very cool Jag!
Jul 25, 2010 8:29 p.m.
Great car!
Oct 7, 2011 2:22 p.m.
Have I seen this car at Mosport??
Mar 6, 2012 7:01 p.m.
Love this!
Mar 25, 2012 9:57 p.m.
looks like one of the group 44 cars that tulius inherited from jaguar along with the spares
Feb 20, 2013 1:06 p.m.
I'd love to see something like this in Targa Newfoundland!
Jul 25, 2013 7:40 p.m.
Saw the car at Road America last weekend. Amazing build.

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