...were I not a stupid humanoid, I could be such a hawt car.
26 Oct 2006 23:15
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Tis true. Cue the Bluetones and ‘Autophilia’ for some, methinks…
27 Oct 2006, 00:16
yay, that’s one hell of a hot miamobile
27 Oct 2006, 03:00
Can’t beat a bit of lens flare on the wheels.
27 Oct 2006, 08:29
27 Oct 2006, 10:03
Curses Ingram! You’ve tempted me to post crap again! I’d have got away with it too if it wasn’t for those damn meddling bloggers *shakes fist*
27 Oct 2006, 11:22
Why is lipstick only on the middle of an otherwise massive mouth?
27 Oct 2006, 12:19
The car is a Jaguar XJ-220, a very embarrassing failure from the early 1990s. It was developed with an inadequate budget and launched at the time of a global recession. Also a certain rival called the McLaren F-1 soon made it look obsolete.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_xj220 is much more sympathetic than I’d be.
27 Oct 2006, 13:47
ho are you still pposting on your blog, i cant access mine anymore?
27 Oct 2006, 14:17
embarassing, too expensive for its own good, sparkly, swish but ultimately ludicrously impractical.
So still essentially an accurate description of Mia as a car. Phew. I was worried for a moment there.
(Sukh, you can’t access your blog because you are not part of WGA and are therefore a losar. Mm-kay?)
27 Oct 2006, 18:11
Hehe nice. And James – you’re much too hard on the XJ220. Yes, the engine was naff, and yes the launch was wrong. But it remains one of the most beautiful cars ever created, and the ultimate Jag of all time (unless you count their racing efforts). And it did (briefly) hold the world record for fastest production car once the cats were removed, which soak up about 60BHP – I think Brundle managed something like 217.3 MPH at Nardo, which is equivalent to over 223 on a straight. That remains faster than all but two (Koenigsegg and Veyron) cars in production today I believe.
27 Oct 2006, 19:26
If that car was on sale how much do you think it would cost?
27 Oct 2006, 21:43
The list price when it went on sale in the early 90’s was over £400,000. They’re rarely on sale, and the nature of the car (very limited production run, exclusive) means that prices when they do come up vary significantly, but for a decent low mileage example I expect you’d pay from £120,000 to £150,000 at today’s market prices.
27 Oct 2006, 21:52
£400,000? £120,00? £150,00? Sheesh, I’m not surprised, really!
27 Oct 2006, 22:11
Cheap at twice the price :-)
27 Oct 2006, 22:37
Yeah, but is the car ON SALE exactly? Passers-by are obviously quite interested if it is!
28 Oct 2006, 09:49
Look the engine was from a Metro. (Ok the rally version, but still …) And although the shape had a certain grace about it, it is still an absurdly large car. Look at the comparative footprint of the F1 or the Veyron – or the 959 and F40 to get closer to the Jag’s era. That must surely render it hopeless on any enjoyable road, or anywhere away from the track.
I’m not sure it was a proper production speed either, though I know the Bugatti EB110 record was ‘tweaked’ in various ways too.
The other major problem that the Jag had was the XJR-15 that Walkinshaw was developing at the same time. Who allowed that absurd situation to develop?
28 Oct 2006, 22:35
cars with paint on, what will they think of next?
29 Oct 2006, 01:37
Painted aerials, if you ask me!
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29 Oct 2006, 11:40
What about it? And why?
29 Oct 2006, 14:06
I worked Jeremy Clarkson’s MPH show at the NEC this weekend, and I can safely say beyond all doubt that all you car-lovers are wankers. Honestly, it is the lamest hobby ever and I would gladly forsake my pay to see every flashy car burned with all its lovers inside.
29 Oct 2006, 21:07
Awesome! I’ve been to MPH twice before (‘03 in London and ‘05 in the NEC), and nearly went this year too. It’s a great show – what made you form such a negative opinion of it? Each and everyone to their own on hobbies personally, but do you want to expand on why you think it’s such a lame hobby?
30 Oct 2006, 18:59
It’s not a lame hobby
30 Oct 2006, 19:25