Finally fulfilling a destiny?
"2025 will see the 60th anniversary of the year the XJ13 should have first ventured out on the world stage."
"2026 will see the 60th anniversary of the year the XJ13 should have lined up on the grid of the '66 Le Mans against cars such as the mighty Ford GT40 and beautiful Ferrari P3/4"
We have never made a secret of our ambition to see our re-creation of the Jaguar XJ13 take its place alongside the cars it should have competed against from 1965 onwards. To further this aim, Building The Legend is proud to annouce its collaboration with Graham Schultz and Team Modena Racing.
Team Modena Racing
Team Modena Racing is a successful international race team operating at the highest level with a proven track record. Their cars have won races, secured pole position and set fastest laps in a number of classes including Le Mans Series GT1, Le Mans Series GT2 and British GT3. Successfully finishing all entered Le Mans 24 hour races, achieving 8th position overall so far. They have won races throughout the world with manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and BMW piloted by some of the world’s top professional international racing drivers.
Headed by team principal Graham Schultz, the distinctive Modena approach to racing has built a legion of supporters, as well as recognition and race success within the motorsport community across the world. Success on the track has translated to commercial success for their partners, sponsors, customers alike.
Their attention to detail and presentation is legendary as is their hospitality and business-to-business operations. The Business of motorsport is front and centre of their attention, as a vibrant dynamic successful race team maximising every commercial opportunity on and off the track with and for their important diverse commercial partners.
Building The Legend is proud and honoured to be included amongst Team Modena's commercial partners.
DBR9 #101, as campaigned by Team Modena is now considered the most successful DBR9 and the most successful privately-owned Aston Martin racing car in the marque’s history.
XJ13 - Background
In July of 1964, Jaguar began assembly of the first in a series of quad-cam prototype V12 engines. Whilst Jaguar’s earlier 6-cylinder XK engine had been designed primarily with road-use in mind, this new V12 unit was aimed firmly and squarely at the racetrack and a return to Jaguar’s glory days of the Le Mans 24hr. Only one car was built by Jaguar and the car never turned a wheel in anger. The car's latent potential was evident very early on in 1967 when it broke the UK closed-lap record in the hands of famed driver David Hobbs. This record stood for the next 32 years and was only beaten in 1999 by the McLaren F1 - but by only 6mph.
In the end, a total of six engines were assembled by Jaguar - only five of which have survived. Two remain with Jaguar; a third was installed in our first XJ13 re-creation; a fourth was built up using a collection of non-original and used parts; the fifth engine has never been installed in a car. Engine number 5 is the last remaining engine. This is a very special and important historical artefact in terms of authenticity and construction. Building The Legend has secured this final engine. There are no more.