RSR unveiled its factory-supported Jaguar XKR GT2 contender at Petit Le Mans, but has decided against racing the car in this weekend's enduro, Instead, the team decided to reschedule its first race for the final ALMS round at Laguna Seca in mid-October, while it continued to develop the XKR's electronic system,
RSR – the new team formed by longtime Trans-Am racer and former Champ Car entrant Paul Gentilozzi, in partnership with his sons Tony and John – intends to run the 2010 American Le Mans Series and, potentially the Le Mans 24 Hours, with a two-car team. Gentilozzi, who will drive the car alongside Marc Goossens and Scott Pruett, admitted that the car – powered by a five-liter V8, direct-injected engine – has yet to turn a wheel in testing, but that he was confident his team had got its sums correct.
"This has a great engine and it is set back and the car is all aluminum," he told AUTOSPORT. "Structurally it has a transaxle and a fuel cell weighted behind the driver, so the weight distribution is near-perfect in our minds.
"We still have a lot of answers to find. We have done about 800 hours of CFD, and really Jaguar Engineering did all that. They did a fantastic job. We probably got a little carried away with too much CFD, as we were building the car, but it was important that it looked like the production car, but it had to be a good racecar – and that was a difficult balance to strike."
Gentilozzi added that he expected the car to be competitive against the GT2 category's established benchmark Ferraris and Porsches.
"Every race we go to we expect to win," he said "We have a lot history. We have won the 24 Hours of Daytona twice, we have won Sebring, so we have a great endurance pedigree and we are going to apply that and try to win every race we can.
"Right now we are developing a [Yokohama] tire and a car together. We have raced against Pratt and Miller, for example for 10 years in Trans-Am, we know their abilities and they know ours. We know we can compete.
"The people on my team all came from my Champ Car program, so they are experienced successful guys that have a high level of professionalism. We are not worried about that, right now we just need to sort things."