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Bridgestone develops new tyres for classic Jaguar XJ220

Tyre giant Bridgestone has worked with Jaguar to develop a set of bespoke tyres for the legendary XJ220.

Using the latest technology to produce new tyres for the early 90s XJ220 supercar, many owners have been craving for fresh rubber for some years. Since September last year, 17 specs and hundreds of laps later, the prototypes have been produced, evaluated, and tested - and the final tyre has now received a huge vote of approval not just from the Bridgestone engineers, but from XJ220 Specialists, Justin Law.

Thanks to Law’s active participation in this project, it was possible to ensure that the new tyre 'out-handles and out-performs' the original tyres that were fitted to the car. He said: “It’s not just about knowing tyres, this is about knowing everything about the car and how it is supposed to handle. I’m one of the very few people that have been lucky enough to drive this car regularly during the last 23 years, and I’ve covered more than 100,000 miles. But don’t just take my word for it” he continued, “with Bridgestone we brought the engineers and test drivers from 25 years ago back together, so we were pretty much guaranteed to do the job right.”

“A project this exciting though doesn’t deserve to be secret” added Christophe De Valroger, Vice President Consumer OE at Bridgestone Europe “car lovers everywhere acknowledge the appeal of the Jaguar XJ220 and its history, and for that reason we decided to tell the whole story in film.”

See a video of the testing and selection process below: