1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 2 DOOR HARDTOP - 65918Sold* at Las Vegas 2008 - Lot #805 1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 2 DOOR HARDTOPhttps://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/65918/65918_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #805 - In the early days of the company, certain Jaguar employees had created an informal group they called "The Saturday Club" (so-named because they would meet after-hours and on weekends to work on unofficial pet-projects). In the 1980s, Jaguar's chief-engineer Jim Randle, as part of that group, began work on what he saw as competition for cars like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959. He envisioned what was essentially an updated XJ13 - a lightweight two-seater with a powerful mid-mounted V12 engine. Randle expanded on the idea by settling on all wheel drive for increased traction and better handling and an integral safety-cage so the car could be safely raced at extremely high speeds. From the outset, the intention was to create a vehicle capable of exceeding 320 km/h (200 mph. The name XJ 220 was assigned as a reference to the targeted top-speed of 220 mph. The 6.2 Liter V12 had been judged too difficult to get past increasingly strict emission regulations and there were also reportedly some design problems caused by the size of the power plant. It was replaced with a Tom Walkinshaw-developed 3.5 Liter V6 based on the engine used in the Rover Metro 6R4 rally car and fitted with twin Garrett T3 turbochargers, generating 549 bhp (409 kW/557 PS) of maximum power at 7000 rpm and 473 lb/ft of torque at 4500 rpm. This engine was not only the first V6 in Jaguar's history, but also the first to use forced induction. In spite of the smaller displacement and half the number of cylinders, the engine produced more power than the V12 would have. However, potential customers judged the exhaust note to be harsh and the lag from the turbos to be an annoyance. Also missing from the production version of the car was the Ferguson all wheel drive, the production car had only rear driven wheels, through a conventional transaxle, and the ABS. The car entered production in 1992 in a purpose built factory at Bloxham near Banbury, and the first cars were delivered to customers in July. Original customers included Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei. This XJ 220 is the result of this amazing engineering feat. Dark gray interior, rear wheel drive, leather, alarm, air conditioning, 4-wheel ABS and in mint condition. This car is #91 of 280 made. Powered by a Twin-Turbocharged engine with 542hp, 4-wheel independent unequal length wishbones, inboard coil springs and dampers, and anti-roll bars. 0-60 in under 4 seconds and 0-100 in under 8 seconds. Top speed of 217 mph. Previously registered in California and emissions compliant in all states.
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