Jaguar is synonymous with British racing prestige, dating back to Stirling Moss' 1950s heyday.

The car manufacturer enjoyed great success at Le Mans in the 50s - totalling five wins in seven years.

It moved into the Formula 1 mainstream when Ford bought Jackie Stewart's team in 1999, as Jaguar Racing's first Grand Prix came at Australian in 2000.

Their best result came thanks to maverick racer Eddie Irvine, who finished third at the 2001 Monaco GP and the same podium place at the 2002 Italian GP.

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  • British driver Stirling Moss sits down to enjoy a beer after his Jaguar XK-120C was retired from the race after 92 laps

  • No.15 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, driven by Briggs Cunningham/Bob Grossman

  • Stirling Moss and Peter Walker in their Jaguar, lead from eventual race winners Anthony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton, who drove over 2500 miles in the 24 hours

  • British driver Mike Hawthorn reaches from the cockpit of his Jaguar D-Type to get a kiss from a local woman after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 12, 1955. At right is his co-driver, Ivor Bueb, also of Great Britain. The race was overshadowed by the deaths of at least 80 spectators and driver Pierre Levegh, when his Mercedes-Benz crashed into the crowd. (AP Photo)

  • Duncan Hamilton, centre, poses alongside his co-driver Tony Rolt and their wives, in their winning Jaguar, after winning the Le Mans 24 race, June 15,1953. The race gave Britain first, second and fourth places with Jaguar cars, with the winning car being driven by Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt at a new record average speed of 105.6 MPH. They covered 2,540 miles in the 24 hours. Only 26 cars finished the race out of 60 starters, watched by a crowd of 800,000, around an eight mile circuit. (AP Photo)

  • Drivers sprint across the track for a second Le Mans style start in the Freddie March Memorial trophy, at the 1998 Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival Meeting, near Chichester today (Sunday). The twelve lap race, which is held in the spirit of the Goodwood nine-hour races of 1952-55, was won by Gary Pearson, in a 1953 Jaguar C-Type. EDI Picture by Ben Curtis/PA.

  • Jaguar's new World Sportscar and Le Mans 24 Hour contender, the 'XJR-8', testing at Donington Park in Leicester

  • Eddie Irvine tests the new Jaguar F1 car

  • Jaguar's Eddie Irvine celebrates his third place alongside Rubens Barrichello on the podium

  • Racing veteran Martin Brundle driving a Jaguar takes the turn along Regent Street, London, as Formula One comes to the capital. Thousands of Formula One fans gathered for the unprecedented street motor racing event amid calls for a permanent Grand Prix to be staged there. Top drivers old and new arrived for this evening's central London event to see the powerful cars drive along the 3km Regent Street course. British legend Nigel Mansell, Jenson Button and Scot David Coulthard were among the participants from eight Formula One teams including Ferrari and Williams to join a procession along the road.

  • Former Jaguar drivers Jack Fairman (l) and Stirling Moss stand with 15 Jaguar C-Types at the company's Coventry factory. They will shortly be heading of to Le Mans to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Jaguars first victory in the 24 hour race