The first of the run of three XJR14s built — chassis number 591 — is the only car that raced in period to remain. Chassis 691 was written off during the 1992 IMSA campaign in the US and was taken out of service by TWR. The final monocoque, #791, famously became a double winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours as Porsche WSC95-001.
The first of the XJR14s undertook its maiden run on the Silverstone South Circuit in late March and began the season as Jaguar returnee Derek Warwick’s mount for his Sportscar World Championship campaign. He qualified on pole in the season opener at Suzuka, but together with Martin Brundle ended up unclassified courtesy of starter motor failure.
Warwick and Brundle made amends, winning from pole position next time out at Monza. Brundle then produced what he regards as probably the best drive of his career aboard XJR14 #591 at Silverstone. After a throttle cable snapped on lap two, Brundle resumed six laps down, but at the finish he was third and just four laps down on the winning Jag shared by Warwick and Teo Fabi after an amazing solo drive.
The first chassis was also the only XJR14 to grace the Circuit de la Sarthe. The TWR-Jaguar squad was always focusing its attention on a further update of the V12-engined XJR-12, but it wanted the glory of pole position and gave Andy Wallace two runs aboard the #591 in qualifying. His best lap was just over half a second shy of the fastest time set by Jean-Louis Schlesser’s Mercedes-Benz C11.
The irony is that the Jag still would have started from pole because the front spots on the grid were reserved for 3.5-litre Group C cars, but team boss Tom Walkinshaw decided not to start the car.
Chassis #591 became TWR’s spare on the completion of the third XJR14, but it returned to service at the at the championship finale at Autopolis. Warwick ended up second after a solo drive, but it wasn’t enough to stop teammate Fabi taking the title.
Chassis #591 was shipped to the US for TWR Inc’s IMSA campaign, winning at the second attempt at Road Atlanta in April. The car was damaged at Lime Rock with Davy Jones at the wheel and returned to TWR in the UK for repairs.