FERRARI F40 vs JAGUAR XJ220: Which is the ultimate 200mph pioneer?: Series 29

FERRARI F40 vs JAGUAR XJ220: Which is the ultimate 200mph pioneer?: Series 29

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In the late 80s, a number of manufacturers were racing to create a production car capable of 200mph. This led to a mini-boom of incredibly bespoke and awe inspiring machinery. Chris Harris believes the Ferrari F40 is the last word in 200mph pioneers, but Freddie Flintoff thinks the Jaguar XJ220 is the ultimate choice. So, let’s see what they’ve got to say and let us know your pick of the two in the comments below. Series 29: Geneva Online Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?

frank there’s only one choice the original the greatest i give you the ferrari f40 haven’t done one of these for a while introduced in 1987 the f-40 was the final car to be overseen by the big man himself enzo ferrari who was above all else a man of ambition you see the race to 200 miles an hour for a road legal car in the 80s was a bit like the space race in the 60s massive budget genius engineers all to be the first to make that claim and the f-40 was the first road car to get there this is the apollo 11 of supercars this is the giant leap for car kind but the real genius behind the f40 is that in building his rocket ship enzo kept things beautifully simple ferrari could have gone down a technology route but instead it just made a very light tubular steel chassis added some kevlar body work and then added a huge amount of power 478 horsepower from a twin turbocharged v8 it’s just a massive go-kart it’s light it’s immediate there’s no power assistance to anything the pedals take a massive push the steering takes a heave the gear shift but you have to nudge it from your shoulder it’s just brutal but sub life this isn’t just the greatest 200 mile an hour car this is the greatest road car ever for me there’s no debate no debate it’s the greatest it’s a good effort but wrong if you want the classic 200 mile an hour supercar everyone knows you gotta buy british or at least borrow british i give you the jaguar xg220 oh my word it doesn’t get much better than this the mightiest road going jag ever made first landed as a concept in 1988 and it was spectacular i remember seeing this car for the first time as a kid i’d have been like 11 12 years of age it just looked like something i’d never seen before and now here i am driving one the first thing you need to know about the 220 though is that to a lot of people it’s considered a bit of a failure and that’s because jaguar they promised a v12 they promised scissor doors if promised four-wheel drive but when they came to make it they discovered that all that was well a bit complicated and a bit expensive so it ended up two-wheel drive normal doors and the engine from a v6 metro but disappointing though that may sound the xj 220 still had a top speed of 217 miles an hour compared to the f40 it was in another league i think that is genius i think that is the best of british ingenuity we’ll make do with what we’ve got stick it in there it still goes 217 mile i know what that is not a failure and besides just have a look at it just look at it don’t be fooled by that face though underneath it’s a wild animal the strange thing about this car is you’re driving it and nothing’s happening nothing and then all at once the turbo’s kicking i’m what is that good morning chris what are you in fred xj220 congratulations that is you in car form big british not as fast as claimed chris it did 217 miles per hour this car you can’t have a go at it but they called it the xj220 and it only did 217. they called the ferrari the 812 super fast it doesn’t go 812 miles per hour but it’s super fast

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