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Jaguar’s iconic XJ220 is the lat­est clas­sic car to re­ceive record-break­ing treat­ment at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic. Twenty-five years since the dra­mat­i­cally styled, mid-en­gined, two-seater su­per­car was first in­tro­duced, it quickly be­came not only Jaguar’s fastestever pro­duc­tion car — an ac­co­lade it still holds to this day — but also the fastest pro­duc­tion car in the world, clock­ing in at 212.3mph (341.6kph). Just 271 were pro­duced be­tween 1992 and 1994, in con­junc­tion with Jaguar’s com­pe­ti­tion part­ner TWR, each orig­i­nally priced at £470K. Although ini­tially con­ceived to fea­ture a V12 en­gine plus four-wheel drive, the show­room XJ220 model ar­rived with a 3.5-litre twin-tur­bocharged V6 de­vel­op­ing 404kw, de­liv­ered to the rear transaxle via a fivespeed man­ual gear­box in or­der to meet emis­sions leg­is­la­tion while main­tain­ing per­for­mance tar­gets. Such is their rar­ity that, un­til this sum­mer’s planned gath­er­ing at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, which will take place July 28–30, more than a hand­ful have never been seen to­gether. Work­ing closely with renowned XJ220 specialist DLR, the or­ga­niz­ers aim to bring to­gether more than 50 ex­am­ples: “We are invit­ing all XJ220 own­ers from right round the world to join us for what will be a re­ally spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of an of­ten over­looked su­per­car,” Law said. “We will be bring­ing along some spe­cial mod­els in­clud­ing the Mar­tini car and the MIRA crash-test car, and we are also hop­ing to have one of the fac­tory Le Mans cars here.” Tick­ets and full event de­tails can be found at sil­ver­stoneclas­sic.com.

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