Super cats come home

| 22 May 2012

Ten of examples of one of the world’s fastest supercars – the Jaguar XJ220 – have gathered at the car’s birthplace in Bloxham.

Owner – and founder of the XJ220 register – John Bleasdale organised the reunion, before convoying to a concours organised by the Aston Martin Owners’ club and being joined by an eleventh example.  

The XJ220 defined itself when, with Martin Brundle at the wheel, its 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 powered it to 217mph and the title of fastest production car in the world at Italy’s Nardò Test Ring. Impressively, it also set and held the Nurburgring production car lap record of 7 mins 46.37 secs up until 2000, driven by John Nielsen.

Only 284 of the million-dollar supercars were built and six of those were converted into the XJ220S, one of which was at Bloxham. It lost 400kg thanks to a carbon fibre bodyshell and power was boosted to an astonishing 670bhp.