The tire maker's 42-minute documentary chronicles the process of creating new rubber specifically for this classic supercar.
With its long, low, and lean proportions, the Jaguar XJ220 continues to look stunning my modern supercar standards roughly 25 years after hitting the road. While the design hasn’t aged a day, the supply of tires for the supercar has run dry. However, Bridgestone recently came to the rescue of the rare vehicle’s owners by introducing new rubber for the classic machine.
The company has released a 42-minute documentary as a deep dive into the process of creating new tires for the XJ220. Even if you have no interest in engineering the rubber for the Jag, the cinematography of the gorgeous supercar is worth seeing.
Bridgestone tested through 17 mixes of rubber before the engineers found the perfect cocktail for the XJ220. Model specialist Don Law Racing aided in the process by lapping a circuit in each compound and offering an opinion on how it affected the Jag’s performance. Former XJ220 engineers and test drivers even weighed in.
The XJ220 features a 3.5-liter biturbo V6 making 540 horsepower (403 kilowatts). The body’s slippery aerodynamics let it reach a still-impressive top speed of 217 miles-per-hour (349 kilometers-per-hour). Despite the strong performance, the Jag was expensive in its day, and the company only found 275 buyers for them.
The small number of owners has two tire choices now. The XJ220 originally came with Pirelli P Zeros, and Jaguar Classic recently made them available again.
Where the XJ220’s contemporaries like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 can now command $1 million or more, the Jaguar is a comparative bargain. Beautiful examples are available for about $500,000. Plus, thanks to the work of Bridgestone and Pirelli, new owners don’t have to worry about getting tires for them.
Video Source: Bridgestone Europe via YouTube