1994 Jaguar XJ220 S TWR
If the Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest production car in the mid-nineties, then the TWR supercar made from the Le Mans race version had to be astonishing. Compared to the standard XJ220, TWR’s version sported a new composite body, a more powerful engine and went on a weight-reducing diet.
In January of 1993, Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and Jaguar Sport launched the XJ220C to compete in the GT class (Group N) of FIA motor sport. At the same time, they announced the XJ220S, a limited-production, road-going version, to comply with homologation requirements. It was easily the most radical supercar in Britain.
Although the standard XJ220 was clothed in a lightweight aluminum body, TWR’s version replaced every panel, expect the doors, with carbon fiber. In doing so they added a front splitter, wider sills and an adjustable rear spoiler that gave the car an imposing edge and made the standard XJ220 look docile.
Overhauled out to 680 bhp, TWR took the twin-turbo V6 to its limits. Combined with a weight reduction that removed the stereo, air conditioning and heavy seats, the car could accelerate to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and reach 228 mph.
Only nine TWR XJ220s were completed and six of these were made as road-going S models. Almost all of the six cars have changed colors at least once and many made it over to America after Vik Keuylian, of Keuylian Motorcars, imported several.
The pictures above show chassis #784 in silver and #801 in blue when they were they were freshly imported into California. #784 has since been painted black, received custom wheels and new Infiniti projector headlights.
|engine||Twin Turbo V6|
|displacement||3498 cc / 213.5 in³|
|power||507.1 kw / 680.0 bhp @ 7200 rpm|
|specific output||194.4 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||647.62 bhp per tonne|
|torque||714 nm / 526.6 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm|
|driven wheels||Mid Engine / RWD|
|curb weight||1050 kg / 2315 lbs|
|top speed||~368 kph / 228.7 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~3.3 seconds|