Jaguar XJ220: mid-engined supercar

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Jaguar XJ220 – mid-engined supercar, which produces the well-known British company in the last century. It was developed as a new low-volume sports car to overshadow become legendary Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40. Jaguar XJ220 was designed with the direct involvement of experts Tom Walkinshaw Racing – experienced engineering firm that works closely with the British automaker. The first prototype of the model appeared in 1988.

Features of the prototype.

The concept of the future of Jaguar XJ220 was a 6.2-liter V12, all-wheel drive system, and climbing up the doors, which were equipped with cars Lamborghini. The numbers in the model name means the maximum speed of the machine that the company’s engineers tried to achieve (220 miles/h – 354 km/h).

Differences production version of the concept.

The serial version Jaguar XJ 220 was excellent from the concept. Firstly, deprived of all-wheel drive supercar, and, secondly, the place of the 12-cylinder biturbo engine took the engine V6. Powertrain 3.5-liter produces 542 horsepower and maximum torque of 642 Nm. It is paired with a 5-speed manual, delivering supercar acceleration from zero to hundred in 3.9 seconds. Maximum speed of Jaguar XJ220, passport, is conceived 354 km/h, but in the famous German Nurburgring circuit testers companies have managed to disperse the car “only” 340 km/h.
In addition, the serial car lost guillotine door and became 250 mm shorter – overall length is 4930 mm (size of the wheelbase – 2640), width – 2220, height – 1150.

On the exterior and interior Exterior.

Jaguar XJ220 was vivid and memorable. Not as sophisticated as those of cars Alfa Romeo, not as sporty as the representatives of Ferrari not so muscular and bloated like a Ford. It was a special, one of a kind, a little absurd and crazy.
In addition, the serial car lost guillotine door and became 250 mm shorter – overall length is 4930 mm (size of the wheelbase – 2640), width – 2220, height – 1150. On the exterior and interior Exterior Jaguar XJ220 was vivid and memorable. Not as sophisticated as those of cars Alfa Romeo, not as sporty as the representatives of Ferrari not so muscular and bloated like a Ford. It was a special, one of a kind, a little absurd and crazy.
“Blind” head optics, a huge cigar-shaped body with sweeping lines and bars on the rear lights give the car charm, contradictory desires and not be like everyone else. Interior Jaguar XJ220 left austere and stingy. There are no expensive inserts wood and high quality leather. Everything is done to facilitate the weight, so – very simple. The only thing that can affect the Jaguar inside – a large number of different sensors and devices, the location of which is a bit surprising. For example, the power-reserve is built into the door.

A rare and very expensive.

For the release of 220 XJ was launched plant in the town of Bloxham. Small-scale assembly of the model was launched in 1991 and completed in 1994. A total of 275 units were built supercar. On one model assembly took 12 days, and the price of Jaguar XJ220 was 750,000 dollars – phenomenal for those times (and by today too) money. Alas, Jaguar XJ 220 is not very popular in the market, but it was a real king of the road in a class of low-volume supercars. Soon, however, he had to make room when the light appeared formidable McLaren F1.

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