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I don't see why not.

Funny, just last night I was reading an article about how celebrity "provenance" (where a car is from, who owned it, what was it involved in - but in this case only famous because it's owner was a celebrity) is completely pointless and stupid. And here I see a car listed with "Ex Flavio Briatore" and I can't help but agree. It just completely puts me off that they're trying to sell using the name of a previous owner instead of for what it is, a mad mad 90's supercar.



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Yes you´re right, but it shows that a ex-formula-1 manager has a good taste 4 supercars. And the car belongs to Flavio Briatore why should the salesman not use this popular name?
 

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Actually I believe this supercar was a bit of a disaster. It was supposed to have a big V12 and ended up with a rover V6 engine. It was 4 years behind schedule, cost even more than the initial astronomical price tag and didn't get the AWD system it was supposed to. Almost all the buyers pre-ordered and after a ridiculous wait didn't get the V12 AWD car they were promised. Many orders were dropped and they made just over 200 when production was supposed to be limited to 350. Even with nearly 0 miles on the clock perfect examples of this car haven't even raised half their new price, so it turned out to be a terrible investment too.



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You are right about the pre-order situation, the whole V12 Jaguar Supercar thing was a marketing failure of the biggest degree...

however, I know several people that now own XJ220s and I have to say the cars are stunning in the metal. Sure, they may not have a V12 engine, but they are true supercars and have immense presence on the road.

I certainly wouldn't say 'no'
 

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The thing that always amazes me is how much of the rear bodywork is pure aerodynamics.

The engine is mounted close to the passenger compartment, there is a miniscule boot and a huge void under the body work at the rear of the car. The panels are there purely to streamline the aerodynamics and the flow of air over the car.
 

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The thing that always amazes me is how much of the rear bodywork is pure aerodynamics.

The engine is mounted close to the passenger compartment, there is a miniscule boot and a huge void under the body work at the rear of the car. The panels are there purely to streamline the aerodynamics and the flow of air over the car.
The Zonda R I saw yesterday was the same way. The whole bacl of the car is almost empty except for the gearbox and suspension. I think I spent half an hour ogling the rear suspension. It's absolutely stunning in its engineering elegance.



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The Zonda R I saw yesterday was the same way. The whole bacl of the car is almost empty except for the gearbox and suspension. I think I spent half an hour ogling the rear suspension. It's absolutely stunning in its engineering elegance.
I presume that is the 'bestickered' one that they brought to the Hyuara launch?

It made me laugh that they had both the Top Gear and Nurburgring times on the nose. I loved the steering wheel mounted rev counter on that car... out and out racer for sure :D
 

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I presume that is the 'bestickered' one that they brought to the Hyuara launch?

It made me laugh that they had both the Top Gear and Nurburgring times on the nose. I loved the steering wheel mounted rev counter on that car... out and out racer for sure :D
The one I was looking at was actually a customer one that was at Adria for testing last week. Some videos of it popped up on youtube. The "bestickered" one was also there though. I walked through the door and BOOM! 2 Zonda R's in my face :)

What gets me is not that the rev counter is mounted on the steering wheel (which frankly seems a bit odd for a racing app since it's a bit confusing as the dial is sometimes upside down or whatnot) but rather the fact that it's the rev range is split into 6 evenly spaced "quadrants" on the dial and that the first one goes up to 5000rpm and then the others 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10krpm. Basically implying that you should never even be below 5k and therefore there's no need of you seeing what your revs are in that range.

Something I noticed on the back of the car which I didn't know was the line for the external starter. I didn't know these things didn't even have starters! They were assembling one in the workshop. Smallest clutch I've ever seen. I swear the diameter is about the same as the clutch on my bike!



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Yup, remote starter and pretty much as stripped out as they dare go - it truly is a car for the track only. :)
 

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Personally I think 220 was hugo flop.
First that V6 engine from MG Metro rally car and car does not have sound you would expect when looking the car.

It was also promised that car would made from exotic materials, didn't hapend, too expensive.

It was also promised that production car would have scissor doors like competin had.

It was also promised to have more power then it actually had.

Car didn't do 220mph...

0 to 60 times where not what was promised

At some point Jaguar actually ask more money from pre order buyers.

What is MOST disapointmet thing was the fact that car almost ALL interior part like cauges, seats, gearstick, pedals switches, and many more came from Ford Escort, Sierra and Orion, but luckily most of buyers did not own one, so no one made note about it...
xj220

Ford Escort

Some cars have not even found their owners and are still in factory:
(picture is said to be from some time after year 2000)
 

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Despite it's shortcomings in several areas, looks ain't one of them. To my eyes the XJ220, along with the Aventador, are the two most gorgeous cars ever designed, period.
 

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Car didn't do 220mph...

0 to 60 times where not what was promised
For the mid/late '90s 217 mph and 0-60 in 3.8 secs was no slouch though.

You have to experience the car to truly understand it... and make sure there are no width restrictions en route, as it is 7' wide :)
 

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Wild car to drive...total nightmare to service and get parts for.

It's not a terrible car if taken in consideration for what it is, however it is a total failure if you compare it to what it was suppose to be.

On the original remark, I do agree the "celebrity pedigree" is a joke. A lot of the former celebrity cars I've worked on have been wrecks. A car that is owned by someone with little respect for it is a problem no matter what their name is.

There are some celebrities whom are noted collectors and are very particular about their cars...these are the guys who's names add value to a car.
 

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I have always had little consern for 3.5litre V6 with twin turbos that was made for prototype rally cars is something that usually do not hold parts inside over weekend.
How does engine hold in these cars?
 
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