From 1992 to 1994, British luxury automobile manufacturer Jaguar created the Jaguar XJ220, a two-seat sports car, in association with the specialized automotive and racing engineering firm
While being tested by Jaguar at the Italian test track in Nardo, the XJ220 reached a high rate of 212.3 mph (341.7 km/h).
An informal team of Jaguar employees created a V12-powered, 4-wheel-drive concept car in their free time that served as the basis for the XJ220.
The goal of the team was to develop a modern version of the popular Jaguar 24 Hours of Le Mans race cars from the 1950s and 1960s that could compete in FIA Group B events.
An informal team of Jaguar employees created a V12-powered, 4-wheel-drive concept car, which served as the basis for the XJ220.
The goal of the team was to develop a modern version of the popular Jaguar 24 Hours of Le Mans race cars from the 1950s and 1960s that might compete in FIA Group B events.
Jaguar decided to bring the automobile into production after hearing excellent reviews about it. There were 1,500 or so deposits of £50,000 apiece, and 1992 deliveries were scheduled
Significant changes were made to the XJ220's specification as a result of engineering and emissions requirements, most notably the swapping of the Jaguar V12 engine for a turbocharged V6 engine.
By the time the program ceased, just 275 vehicles had been made, and each one had a suggested retail value of £470,000 in 1992, putting it one of the most costly vehicles at the time.
In 1983, the alliance was successful in taking first place. Group 44 Racing has begun receiving factory assistance from Jaguar
In 1988, TWR took over the management of the IMSA GT Championship, and one model, the XJR-9, was introduced to participate in both championships.
The V12 engine was replaced in the XJR-9, XJR-10, and XJR-11 successors due to the poor fuel usage of the Jaguar V12 and new regulations that limited fueling during races.
Jim Randle, Jaguar's Director of Engineering, believed these race cars were too different from the general public's product.