The idea of first building the car arose after a team of Jaguar enthusiasts envisaged developing a new supercar that could beat the Ferraris and Porsches of the time – most notably the F40 and 959 models. The design precis for the XJ220 was simple, create a lightweight two-seater with a powerful mid-mounted engine.
With the help of Tom Walkinshaw Racing, Jaguar rolled out a concept version of the car in 1988 and just three years later the final production version was launched. The car stayed in production at a purpose built factory at Bloxham near Oxford until it was finally discontinued in 1994. During its heyday, the XJ220 even spawned a custom Pininfarina-version designed exclusively for the Sultan of Brunei.