Jaguar D-Type n.6 winner 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955 with Hawthorn and Bueb

JAGUAR D-Type n.6

HISTORY

The Jaguar D-Type n.6 is the winning car of the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1955. The Coventry team updated the Jaguar C-Type winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953, the new car with a more powerful engine and lines more tapered was to contrast the two favorites of the race, the Mercedes 300 SLR and the Ferrari 121 LM.

Hawthorn and Bueb won the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Jaguar D-Type n.6, the British manufacturer took advantage of the withdrawals of the Mercedes and Ferrari.
On the podium came, second the Aston Martin DB3S n.23 of Collins and Frere with a gap of five laps, while in third place the Jaguar D-Type n.10 of Swaters and Claes of the team Ecurie Francorchamps with a gap of eleven laps.
The race, however, was remembered especially for the disastrous accident that caused the death of 84 people, caused by the exit of the track of Pierre Levegh that with the Mercedes hit the Austin-Helaey of Macklin, the German car broke and its debris went over the people in the gallery.


Video crash Levegh Le Mans 1955

In the same year the Jaguar D-Type won the 12 hours of Sebring with Hawthorn and Walters.

CHASSIS

Jaguar D-Type
Monocoque sheets of aluminum alloy
Length: 3912 mm
Width: 1664 mm
Height: 1372 mm
Brakes: Hydraulic discs Dunlop
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Jaguar 3442 cc L6
Power: 220 kW
DriveType: Front wheel drive
Transmission: Manual four speed.
Tank Capacity: 176 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner 24 hours of Le Mans 1955 with drivers Mike Hawthorn, Ivor Bueb

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