The Mirage range of sports cars was the brainchild of John Wyer, an automotive racing specialist who was also the Team Manager for several Le Mans winning teams, including the ones from Ford where he was earlier employed. After Ford decided to stop participating in races, he along with John Willment established the J. W. Engineering. One of the first cars that they developed was the GR7 which came second in the 1974 World Championships.
The very next model GR8 was more aerodynamic and had a longer wheelbase. Under the bonnet was a modified 3.0 litre Ford Cosworth V8 engine with a power output of 385 hp, and this car could easily do about 310 km/hr. The Mirage GR8 created history for the next few years winning races in 1975, 1976 and 1979.
This car, sponsored by Grand Touring Cars Inc. was driven by Frenchmen Jean-Louis Lafosse and François Migault on 13th June, 1976 came second at the Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, France (just behind Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx on Porsche 936).
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Color||White / Yellow|
|Theme||Racing - F1 / GP|