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• The challenge, achievement and excitement represented by the XJ220
• Why and how the Jaguar XJ220 supercar was conceived
• Why Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) was behind the production car
• Why and how the production XJ220 changed from the original concept
• How the stunning shape was styled and by whom
• How the XJ220 was engineered, developed and built
• Why Jaguar’s V12 engine was replaced by the V6 twin-turbo
• The celebrities who unveiled and launched the cars
• Was the limited edition Jaguar XJ220 project ultimately a success?
The Jaguar XJ220 supercar evolved from Jim Randle’s sensational 1988 UK Motor Show concept car.
The planned production of 350 limited edition cars, each with a price tag of £360,000, was over-subscribed by a factor of four in a single day!
In this book, Mike Moreton, ace director of impossible projects, who was headhunted for the XJ220 project by Tom Walkinshaw, relives the extraordinary inside story of this fantastic, hi-tech car.
The Jaguar XJ220, the fastest, most exciting and most expensive road-going Jaguar ever built, evolved from Jim Randle’s sensuously-shaped 1988 UK Motor Show concept car.
Named for its targeted top speed, the XJ220 was developed between 1989 and 1994. Just 350 limited edition cars were to have been built by JaguarSport, the Jaguar/Tom Walkinshaw TWR joint venture. Going on sale each with a £360,000 price tag and requiring a £50,000 non-returnable deposit from each purchaser, the XJ220 attracted celebrities, speculators, and the mega-wealthy. It was over-subscribed four times in just one day!
This inside story is an historically accurate account of the project from the Project Manager 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 Jaguarís 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Featuring over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, showing the concept and production cars in all stages of development, with glamour shots and historical photos of Jaguar sports/racing cars, this book is a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.
"The 'inside story' tag is no idle boast, author Mike Moreton having been the XJ220 project manager at TWR/JaguarSport. His candid account gives an insight into the trials and tribulations of this controversial supercar. It is well written, packed with fine photos such as crash-test shots and, most intriguingly, all manner of original charts and documents." – Classic & Sports Car
"You don't see too many of these cars either competing or being used as course cars on rallies but the rarity just adds to the mystique.As Project Manager for the car, Mike Moreton sat firmly near the top of the organisation chart (included among the many excellent illustrations) of the team involved and was thus was well qualified to write the inside story of a fascinating project."
"If anyone is well-placed to tell the inside story of this great car it's Mike Moreton, who was project manager for the XJ220 at TWR/JaguarSport from day one and saw the mission through to completion." – Classic Cars
"The 160 pages gave over 200 photographs and, refreshingly, many have never been seen before. A marvellous present for the post Chrismas blues." – Jaguar World Monthly
"This stunning 160-page hardcover is a Jag enthusiast's dream. A fascinating and historically accurate account of the iconic car from embryonic stages to ultimate marketing." – The Arch
"The meat of the book is in the way it gives a fascinating look – with interesting photos from inside the factory, engineering drawings and so forth – of all that was involvedwith recruiting staff, redesign, aerodynamic testing, working with outside suppliers, spec sheets, certification and crash-testing, and sales." – New Zealand Classic Car