This Jaguar XJ220 GT1 Is Bedroom Poster Material
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.
Could the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Signal Jaguar’s Return To The Supercar Arena?
It’s been 25 years since Jaguar discontinued its last supercar, the great XJ220 amid poor sales at a time when people really weren’t eager to buy $1 million mid-engined monsters. Nowadays, there are more millionaires than ever in the world and Jaguar, while focusing on expanding its EV lineup, could be planning a shock return to the world of high-performance supercars with something inspired by the jaw-dropping and all-electric Vision Gran Turismo presented late last month. This may well become the halo car for a new era of the Leaping Cat.
Ecurie Ecosse Revives The Glorious Jaguar XJ13 With Sexy Tribute
Back in 1997, a Japanese collector offered $15.7 million (in today’s money) to buy the unique Jaguar XJ13. His offer, three times the asking price of a Ferrari 250 GTO at the time, was denied. Now, there’s something that looks almost like the XJ13 but performs better in every area. Welcome the Ecurie Ecosse LM69, the ultimate tribute to Jaguar’s first mid-engined car, the stillborn monster that should’ve intervened in the Ford vs. Ferrari war.
Under the baton of Frank Raymond ’Lofty’ England, Jaguar had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an incredible five times throughout the ’50s with the Malcolm Sayer-penned C-Type and its successor, the D-Type but, then, Jaguar’s star in sports car endurance racing faded away as Ferrari took over as the dominant force. By the early ’60s, the Leaping Cat was still racing in long-distance events but on the nose of the elegant E-Type that was a production-based Grand Tourer, nowhere near a prototype that became a thing at Le Mans and elsewhere in endurance racing as Ferrari debuted the 250 P in 1963, the same year when Lola unleashed the Mk. 6 GT, the forefather (in some ways) of Ford’s original GT.
William Haynes, Jaguar’s Head of Engineering, had been toying around with the idea of building a mid-engined prototype since the dawn of the ’60s when he realized how effective a midship layout is in other forms of motorsport such as Formula 1. This idea was coupled with another one that’d been cooking in Jaguar’s ovens for quite a while - that of building a V-12 that would be used as a stressed member of the chassis. The end result was the Jaguar XJ13, a car that was outgunned almost right from the moment it was born and, as FISA banned big-engined prototypes at the end of ’67, it also had no place to race on the world stage. Now, Ecurie Ecosse, the historic Jaguar team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jaguar machinery in the ’50s, brought the XJ13 back to life or, rather, an XJ13 built to 1969 rules. Mark us intrigued!
Jaguar to Take a Shot at McLaren with a Mid-Engined F-Type in 2022
Jaguar’s Hints of a Possible Hypercar Gives Us Hope That The C-X75 Could Still Happen
Bridgestone To Begin Offering New Tires For The Jaguar XJ220
What’s that? You desperately want fresh rubber for your 20-plus-year-old supercar? Well, fear not, because Bridgestone is here to help. Working in conjunction with U.K.-based XJ220 specialist Don Law, Bridgestone has announced that it’s developing a next-gen tire for Jag’s decades-old two-seat speed wedge.
For some time now, XJ220 owners have had to tread carefully (see what I did there?) when it came time to actually using the XJ220’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6, as appropriately sized tires are no longer in production.
Now, however, following a “coming together of minds” between Bridgestone and Don Law, the tire maker will coordinate a new compound for the uber-kitty, bringing the car’s original chief development engineer and test driver along for the ride. A pre-production XJ220 model will provide the test bed.
“It’s very important to keep such iconic vehicles running today and supporting people like Don Law and his team of expert technicians,” said Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Trope. “ Technology has moved on significantly in the last 25 years and we believe we will be able to produce a tire that will keep the smile on the face of the enthusiast drivers of the XJ220.”
The plan is to get the tires finished in time for the model’s twenty-fifth anniversary next year.
I think that’s worthy of a burnout, don’t you?
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Jaguar XJ220 Pays Jay Leno’s Garage A Visit: Video
Any mention of the Jaguar XJ220 will illicit responses that’ll cover the full spectrum of human emotions. Built in 1992 as a science project of sorts, the XJ220 became one of the first cars to really live up to its supercar label. Sure, the McLaren F1 was and continues to be regarded as the godfather of the modern-day supercar, but before the F1 burst into the scene, it was the XJ220 that held the title of fastest car in the world. You would think that such a distinction has given the Jag “iconic” status within the industry, and for the most part it has, but as we find out in the latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”, the XJ220’s history isn’t as straightforward and is bit more complicated than any other supercar built in its era.
One such example of the XJ220 paid Leno a visit with its owner, Philip Sarofin. Together, the two discuss the rather eventful history of the XJ220 dating back to its early years in development all the way to its modern-day status as one of the most misunderstood supercars of all time. Sarofin’s XJ220 even has quite the history of its own, as the owner only acquired the supercar in July 2015 after the previous owner kept it on the 37th floor of his office building in Tokyo for the past 12 years without even driving it.
For the most part, the XJ220 doesn’t have the lasting legacy of the F1. Leno and Sarofin even described it as an “oddity”, a word nobody would ever use to describe the F1. So the question is: why doesn’t the XJ220 occupy the same type of reverence as the F1? Leno and Sarofin spent the majority of the episode discussing that and without spoiling anything, the two tackle a number of issues and controversies that plagued the XJ220.
It’s an enlightening episode on one of the world’s most misunderstood supercars and definitely worthy of the next 12 minutes of your time.
If Skyfall went back to a simpler time to find its hero car, an Aston Martin DB5 identical to the one from 1964’s Goldfinger, then the exact opposite is true for the upcoming James Bond flick, Spectre. Both the Aston Martin DB10, driven by James Bond, and Jaguar C-X75, driven by villain Mr. Hinx, have never been and never will be available to the public. Spectre’s chase scene through the streets of Rome will likely be the only time we see the pair driven in anger (and probably destroyed), and this clip provides an awesome behind-the-scenes look at the action.
If you need a refresher, the DB10 was built specifically for Spectre, and even though it’s a one-off, it gives us a pretty good hint at what the fourth-coming DB9 replacement will probably look like. The C-X75, meanwhile, was Jaguar’s hypercar that never quite made it to production. That’s a shame, because with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generating power for four electric motors (one at each wheel) it would have been a fascinating car. Still, watching it chase Bond down through Rome should be a thrill. Spectre hits theaters in November 2015.
When talking about Jaguar, sports cars and motorsports success are the first two things that come to mind. The Brits became highly competitive on the track in the 1940s and went on to win seven 24 Hours of Le Mans races between 1951 and 1990. From the XK-120C, C-Type, and D-Type of the 1950s to the XJR racers of the late 1980s, Jaguar showed the world it has what it takes to build fast, innovative, and reliable race cars. But despite having things to brag about on the race track, Jaguar never had a proper supercar until 1993. That’s when the JX220 was born.
Developed in cooperation with the brand’s long-time partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing, the XJ220 was Jaguar’s only attempt at building a production supercar. Produced between 1992 and 1994 in only 275 units, the XJ220 was praised for its throttle response and precise handling, but criticized for its subpar interior and subdued presence among other supercars. The £470,000 sticker and the fact that the car received a turbo V-6 engine instead of the V-12 Jaguar initially promised didn’t help either. However, the fact that the 542-horsepower engine was able to provide 0-to-60 mph sprints of only 3.8 seconds and top speeds of 213 mph was enough to earn it a place in the "Supercars Hall of Fame."
Check out Drive’s latest video for the history the XJ220, and the story of a father and son who are responsible for Jaguar’s only supercar to date.
One of the most unique concept cars of the past decade came from a company that wasn’t doing particularly well at that time. Back then, Jaguar wasn’t as awesome as it is now, but in 2004, design house Fuore Design put Jag on the map with unveiling of the Blackjag Concept. Touted as the spiritual successor of the XF10, the now-defunct Fuore Design touted the Blackjag Concept as a mid-engine, two-seater supercar that showcased the immense performance potential Jaguar had at that time but failed to tap into. The concept was, in a lot of ways, a showcase piece Fuore Design created for the British marquee that eventually amounted to nothing more than hype unfulfilled.
Ten years later, the supercar concept is back in the headlines, albeit for an entirely different reason. That’s because the one-off concept that caused the industry to spazz when it was revealed is now up for sale.
The price for the privilege of owning it? $3.8 million.
While that number sounds exorbitant for a 10-year-old, one-off concept, the Blackjag isn’t like any other concept Jaguar has produced since then. Plus, there’s only one model like it in the world and unlike its announced 640-horsepower output back in 2004, the selling page of the Blackjag Concept touts it as having 900 horsepower under its hood. We’re really interested to know where those extra 260 ponies came from.
Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Blackjag Concept.
Do you remember the old Jaguar XJ220? Well, of course you do, after all it was the most amazing supercar ever unveiled by Jaguar! To be completely honest with you, we cannot remember many tuners that have dared to touch the XJ220, until today. This interesting decision has been made by the Bulgarian tuner Overdrive AD, which decided to give the supercar a more modern appearance.
The car has been finished in a chameleon paint featuring a combination of green, brown and gold. The tuner also installed a new Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon-fiber tail pipes and custom-made LED headlights. The most interesting addition however is a new set of LED taillights borrowed from a Ferrari 599.
For the interior, the tuner added carbon-fiber trim, leather and Alcantara upholstery, a Ground Zero sound system and a McIntosh player. And because a tuning kit can’t be completed without a set of wheels, the tuner also installed a new set of ADV.1 wheels sized 19-by-9 inches up front and 20-by-14 inches at the rear.
You could say that the writing was on the wall longer than most of us were willing to accept it.
After all, it was an ambitious project to begin with, one that would undoubtedly cost Jaguar a ton of money. Sure, we were teased that the C-X75 supercar could end up being a production car, but in the end, that was all it was: a tease. Just as late as yesterday, reports were pointing toward the C-X75 heading into the next testing phase, but it apparently got the axe before it could hit that phase.
That much was made clear by Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark after confirming to Autocar UK what a lot of us assumed would happen: production of the C-X75 has been scrapped. Jaguar made the decision to stop production in large part because of the current economic crisis gripping the world today. With the unpredictability of the economy, it didn’t seem like the smartest of business move to push forward with a million-dollar supercar given the unpredictability of the economy.
"We feel we could make the car work, but looking at the global austerity measures in place now, it seems the wrong time to launch an £800,000 to £1 million supercar," Hallmark told Autocar.
It’s a disappointing but, ultimately, understandable decision. It’s a decision that Jaguar had to make to protect its bottom line. We can’t fault them for that. In the meantime, the five existing prototypes of the C-X75 will not go to waste. Three are expected to hit auction blocks soon while one will be sent to a future Jaguar museum. As for the last model, Jaguar’s keeping that for testing and (possibly) further development of the supercar.
Hallmark also said that the technologies developed into designing the C-X75 will be used by the company in developing future models, including the supercar’s hybrid technology, which the company said could eventually find its way on a three-cylinder engine in order to give it the power equivalent to a six-cylinder engine.
It’s a sad day for everybody looking forward to the C-X75. But you can’t fight an unpredictable global economy and Jaguar is doing the right thing axing production of the supercar. Let’s just hope that they don’t lock up the C-X75 for good and throw away the key.
Phew, talk about a quick change of direction…