1995 Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina
October 7th, 2006-During the mid-nineties, the Sultan of Brunei and his brother Prince Jefri secretly bought hundreds of supercars and had them custom appointed by the best in the business. One of these, which hasn’t surfaced until just recently, is this custom Jaguar XJ220 that has been completely redone by Pininfarina.
Unlike a certain Ferrari Enzo which just received its makeover, this XJ220 was the fastest car in the world when the Sultan possibly sent one or two to Pininfarina’s studio for a new body and interior. Like the Ferrari, this Jaguar was extensively reworked and no doubt benefited from hours of wind tunnel testing and development. The question remains, just how much faster did Pininfarina make the XJ220 go?
In any case, the new design must have dropped a few pounds as this cat is noticeably smaller and uses fixed headlights to replace the clunky originals. At the rear a double-vaned wing is employed which may have included active aerodynamics. Fabricator Coggiola SpA completed the fully running cars to the Pininfarina designs at their facility in Turin, Italy.
We have no idea what the interior looks like, or just how much better the Pininfarina XJ220 is, but we do know that the Prince Jefri was willing to pay any amount to make his cars the best. As an example, this car sits in one of the Sultan’s most treasured garages alongside two black McLaren F1 LMs, four Ferrari FXs and fifteen other XJ220s!
Hopefully, in the future we will see more of these ‘Sultan Specials’ come to light, as each equally deserve their own story. As far as the recently released materlist is concerned, we now know what ‘JAG XJ220 NONE 2’ is probably referring to, but others like ‘JAG MONACO BN108 SAJJNAF53ER193339’ leave us wondering.
|type||Concept / Prototype Car|
|built at||Turin, Italy|
|engine||Twin Turbo V6|
|valvetrain||DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||3498 cc / 213.5 in³|
|bore||94.0 mm / 3.7 in|
|stroke||84.0 mm / 3.31 in|
|power||404.2 kw / 542.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|specific output||154.95 bhp per litre|
|torque||644.0 nm / 475.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm|
|body / frame||Bonded & Riveted Aluminum & Aluminum Honeycomb|
|driven wheels||Mid Engine / RWD|
|front tires||F 255/45ZR17|
|rear tires||R 345/35ZR-18|
|front brakes||AP Racing Vented Discs w/Power Assist|
|rear brakes||AP Racing Vented Discs w/Power Assist|
|front wheels||F 43.2 x 22.9 cm / 17.0 x 9.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 45.7 x 35.6 cm / 18.0 x 14.0 in|
|steering||Unassisted Rack & Pinion|
|gear ratios||3.00:1, 1.95:1, 1.42:1, 1.09:1, 0.85:1|