January 29, 2020

Jaguar Classic partners Pirelli

Pirelli is to develop a bespoke version of its P Zero tyre for the Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar Classic is to develop a new tyre package for the classic XJ220 sports car. Engineered and created in partnership with Pirelli, the new tyre features a bespoke P Zero design that is, says the company, ‘perfectly suited to the unique characteristics of the XJ220, incorporating the latest tyre technology to enhance the car’s performance even further’.

Produced between 1992 and 1994, the Jaguar XJ220 was originally conceived by a group of Jaguar engineers – the so-called ‘Saturday Club’– working in their spare time on their own creations.  The engineers wanted to create a modern version of the brand’s successful Le Mans-winning cars from the 1950’s and 1960’s using the latest racing technology at their disposal. The car needed to be a technologically advanced road-going supercar that would satisfy Group B homologation requirements and reach over 200mph.

In June 1993, driven by ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle at the Nardo circuit in Italy, the XJ220 reached 349.4km/h, making it the fastest production car in the world.

“The Jaguar XJ220 was an instant classic,” said Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “It is a revered car in the history of Jaguar, and our business is now undertaking various restoration projects for XJ220 customers. This new tyre permits the full performance of the glorious XJ220 to be exploited where appropriate.”