This Jaguar XJ220 GT1 Is Bedroom Poster Material
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Yes, the Jaguar XJ220 was a real supercar. Not without its flaws, though. Still, Jaguar aimed to pose a real treat for the likes of Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 in terms of top speed.
See, the ’220’ in the Jag’s name was supposed to represent its top speed expressed in miles per hour. Both the F40 and the 959 topped out at 197 miles per hour, so Jaguar made a statement out of this. Sure, the car never achieved that landmark, but it was the fastest production car in the world for about a year or so after its launch.
The XJ220 even competed at Le Mans, and that is a story in itself. So this digitally-applied livery from Jonsibal just begs that we tell you what’s what.
Back when Jaguar won and lost at LeMans the same day
The year was 1993 when Jaguar enrolled three XJ220-C race cars in the GT class at Le Mans. They even managed to beat Porsche’s entries, but it was later revealed that Jaguar engineers didn’t fit the cars with the compulsory catalytic converters, so the team was disqualified.
Coming back to Jonsibal's render, it shows what a GT1-inspired XJ220 could have looked like.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why is that livery so familiar, know that it’s inspired by the graphics of the Jaguar XJR-5 race car. We also love the new wheel treatment and the dominant rear wing, which are also inspired by the XJR-5.
On the engine front, the XJ220 came with a 542-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 to save weight but also to abide by emission regulations, but it also taxed Jaguar as many customers canceled their orders. These buyers were expected to get a 6.2-liter V-12, which was supposed to power the XJ220 as per the original design.
Still, in theory, the XJ220 could zap from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in 3.6 seconds, and although it couldn’t hit 220 mph (354 kph), it could still get to 212 mph (341 kph) before the rev limiter kicked in.
|Horsepower||543 HP @ 7,200 RPM|
|Torque||474 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||212 mph|
On the opposite side of things, the XJR-5 race car did have a V-12, one that displaced 6.2 liters and cranked out 625 horsepower. That’s what XJ220 customers would have paid a lot of money for, but it wasn’t meant to be.