The Jaguar XJ220 was produced by Jaguar in collaboration with the specialist automotive and race engineering company Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The XJ220 recorded a top speed of 341,7 km/h during testing by Jaguar at the Nardo test track in Italy. This made it the fastest production car from 1992 to 1993 until it was surpassed by the almighty McLaren F1 (with a topspeed of 386,5 km/h).
The XJ220 was designed by an informal group of Jaguar employees working in their spare time. The group wished to create a modern version of the successful Jaguar 24 Hours of Le Mans racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s that could be entered into FIA Group B competitions. The XJ220 made use of engineering work undertaken for Jaguar’s then current racing car family.
The initial XJ220 concept car was unveiled to the public at the 1988 British International Motor Show, held in Birmingham, England. Its positive reception prompted Jaguar to put the car into production. Approximately 1,500 deposits of £50,000 each were taken and deliveries were planned for 1992.
Engineering and emissions requirements resulted in significant changes to the specification of the XJ220, most notably the replacement of the Jaguar V12 engine by a turbocharged V6 engine. The twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 3.498 cc delivered 550 horsepower. The changes to the specification and a collapse in the demand of high performance cars brought about by the early 1990s recession resulted in many buyers choosing not to exercise their purchase options.
According to factory documentation a total of 281 cars were produced. In total 277 cars were completed customer cars, three complete vehicle sets were produced for spares and one vehicle was scrapped due to faulty body materials. Of the 277 customer cars, 11 were converted to a “race” specification in an attempt to generate increased interest in the XJ220 project.
This Jaguar XJ220 was delivered to its first owner, Mr. J. van de Windt from Schilde, Belgium on 18th March 1993 through Jaguar Sport Ltd. The first owner used the car as it was intended as can be seen in the servicebook. It’s first service was carried out with Jaguar Antwerp in June 1993. The car had driven 1.553 kilometers. The next service was in the same year, December 1993 at 4.968 kilometers. The third service was carried out at Jaguar Sport Ltd. in Great-Brittain at 6.321 kilometers in April 1994. In November 1994 the car was seen again at Jaguar Antwerp at 9.061 kilometers. In 1998 the car was acquired by the second owner. He drove the car until 2006. At that moment it had driven 17.022 kilometers. At that moment it was stored. Last year the car was brought back to life and the owner spent over 70.000 EUR. Work carried out includes the 6 year service to include removal of engine and transmission, replacement timing belts, filters, spark plugs, new fuel cell, transmission service kit, new gaskets and seals, new clutch, new brakes, timing belts, ECU, et cetera. The car is still fitted with its original tires, but if a new custodian intends to drive the car we will replace the tires.
The car is exactly in the same specification as how it left the factory in Spa Silver with seats in Smoke leather (dark grey) and carpets in Smoke (dark grey). The car is complete with the original brochure, lots of press information and photographs, factory documents, the 1:12 Maisto car model and obviously the original books and tools.