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JAGUAR XJ220 (1991-1994) CAR HISTORY

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There is very few production cars that can claim to be have been born out of a spare-time project, but the Jaguar XJ220 is the most famous of all. Jaguar's chief engineer, Jim Randle, dreamt up the idea of creating the ultimate super car one Christmas and fired up enough enthusiasm with colleagues to start a "Saturday club" to work on the project.


At first not even the Jaguar board knew about the secret tinkering going at its Engineering Department at Whitley in the West Midlands of Britain. When it did line out, the enthusiasm bubbled over, and the new XJ220 was wheeled out at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show as an official Jaguar concept car. The prototype XJ220 was an immense beast, mainly because it had to be accommodated around TWR racing components and Jaguar's massive V-twelve engine mounted in a central position. Still, Keith Helfet's aluminum bodywork design was a sublime piece of sculpture.


The response at the 1988 show was rapturous, and the affluence of the times persuaded Jaguar to embark on a production run. Because of production practicalities the design was substantially modified. It was decided that the V-twelve engine was too bulky and so a race-derived 3.5-litre V-six engine was installed instead. Its state-of-the-art specification included four camshafts, twin injectors, twin turbochargers, four valves per cylinder and dry sump lubrication, and it was capable of pumping out 500 bhp.


The smaller engine meant that overall length could be trimmed down by a sizeable 10 in (25cm), but there was no escaping the massive girth of this sports car: at 6ft 6in (nearly two meters) wide, this was the broadest British car ever made.


The specification sheet of the XJ220 read like a sports car-driver's dream. Its bodywork was an aerospace-type bonded-aluminum honeycomb with Group C racing inspired aerodynamics, the five-speed transaxic was mated to a racing AP clutch, there were centre-lock (knock-off) alloy wheels, massive brakes with four- piston calipers and racing-derived wishbone/inboard suspension.
Jaguar's performance claims were equally exciting. Its top speed of 220 mph (352 kph) and 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) time of 3.5 seconds made it easily the fastest road car on earth at the time. In-gear acceleration was absolutely brutal. To match that explosive power, the racing suspension made the XJ220 probably the best- handling- super car ever.


A joint Jaguar-TWR venture called JaguarSport set up a brand new production facility in Bloxham, Oxfordshire, to make a strictly limited run of 350 cars, each priced at £403,000 ($678,000). At first, the order book was over-subscribed by speculators but, when it became obvious that the market for super cars had collapsed, legal proceedings ensued as buyers tried to pull out - an ignominious end to an amazing story.


JAGUAR XJ220

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE TYPE

V-six-cylinder

CAPACITY

3498 cc

POWER

500 bhp @6500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

5-speed

TOP SPEED

220 mph (352km/h)

NUMBER BUILT

350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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