SPOTTED: JAGUAR XJ220S
Flamboyant supercar plus racy adjustments equals one very desirable (and rare) oddity
It's not, in short, the sort of car you would look at and immediately draw the conclusion that it needed to be faster. And yet this is what Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) did with the XJ220S.
In order to do this they stripped the car of its aluminium body work, leaving only the door skins in place, and replaced it with carbon fibre. Next they added an adjustable rear wing and a new front splitter.
The result was a kerb weight chopped by 400kg to just 1080kg, which was complemented by a power boost for the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 to 680hp and 526lb ft of torque.
This particular car, due to go under them hammer in Arizona next week, also has a full TWR titanium exhaust and fresh new ECU software, giving it around 700hp. Not slow, then.
If you fancy it, the big Jag is expected to fetch $225K-$300K (£147K-£196K) at the RM Auctions sale. Which doesn't seem bad at all, given that this non-S (and thus horribly common) Jaguar XJ220 is up on the PH classifieds for £174,950, which is pretty much bang in the middle of that auction estimate...