Jaguar D-Type 

  • built in England
  • 1954
  • 250 HP 3.4L
  • 159 mph
Such design made the D-Type one of the first cars to use monocoque construction.
After three privately entered XK120s proved competitive at LeMans, Jaguar was motivated to move forward with their own purpose built race car.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Jaguar D-Type


Jaguar D-Type
5.7 s

Top speed

Jaguar D-Type
159 mph

Data points Key details of the Jaguar D-Type


Jaguar D-Type
250 HP


Jaguar D-Type
243 ft-lb
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283 ft-lb

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Jaguar D-Type
It won the event three years in a row and became Jaguar's most successful race car.
After an eighteen month development period, the D-Type was launched and intended to assault the 1954 Le Mans.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Jaguar
Type of car Race car
Year 1954
Highest auction price 1954 Jaguar D-Type Alloy Recreation, $148k, April 2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.36 lb/hp
Maximum hp 250 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 243 ft-lb
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,400 cc
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9:1
Bore/stroke 3.27 in / 4.17 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 159 mph
0-60mph 5.7 s


Drivetrain RWD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.54:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 406/? 140
Rear wheels 406/? 140

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,090 lb
Width 65.5 in
Height 54 in
Length 154 in
Front track width 50 in
Wheelbase 90.6 in
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