FOREWORD BY TOM WALKINSHAW
JAGUAR'S AMAZING HERITAGE
TWR RACING AND JAGUAR
THE XJ220 CONCEPT
FORD MOTORSPORT TO TWR
THE XJ220 PROJECT
RE-DESIGNING THE STUNNING XJ220
BUILDING THE TEAM
THE BLOXHAM FACTORY
THE OUTSIDE SUPPLIERS
PROTOTYPES, TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
PRE-PRODUCTION, UNVEILING AND SIGN-OFF
BUILDING CARS FOR CUSTOMERS
SALES AND RECESSION
The story of the excitement, challenge and achievement behind the XJ220
Why and how the Jaguar XJ220 supercar was conceived
Why Tom Walkinshaws TWR was behind the production car
Why and how the production XJ220 changed from the concept
How the stunning shape was restyled, and by whom
How the XJ220 was engineered, developed and built
Why Jaguars V12 engine was replaced by the V6 Twin-Turbo
Icing on the cake, celebrities unveiling the early production cars
All the characters, egos and admiration involved with the XJ220
Was the Jaguar XJ220 project a success?
The Jaguar XJ220 supercar Jim Randles 1988 UK Motor Show dream concept with the sensuous shape. Developed and produced from 1989 to 1994 by JaguarSport the Jaguar/TWR joint venture as a limited edition 350 car run, it sold in one day at £290,000 with a non-returnable deposit of £50,000, attracting celebrities, speculators and the mega wealthy.
Mike Moreton, ace director of impossible projects, who was headhunted for the XJ220 by Tom Walkinshaw, relives the inside story of this fantastic hi-tech car.
The Jaguar XJ220 is the fastest, most exciting and most expensive road-going Jaguar ever built, evolving from Jim Randles 1988 UK Motor Show dream concept with the sensuous shape.
350 limited edition cars were developed and produced from 1989 to 1994 by JaguarSport, the Jaguar/Tom Walkinshaw TWR joint venture. Going on sale for £290,000 with a £50,000 non-returnable deposit, it attracted celebrities, speculators and the mega wealthy and was oversold in just one day.
This inside story is an historically accurate account of the project from the director himself. Having recruited a talented team from motor sport and production car industries, a factory was developed in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Working closely with Jaguar Design, TWR Group companies and specialist suppliers, the XJ220 team re-designed, built, tested, manufactured, and marketed the ultimate road car.
Featuring over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, showing the concept and production cars in all stages of development, with glamour shots and historical photos of Jaguar sports/racing cars, this book is a must for Jaguar enthusiasts.