Repairing and Maintaining Jaguar XJ220s is a Family Affair

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The XJ220s from the early 1990s are not just any Jaguars. They’re more dramatically styled, more exotic, and more powerful than their fellow felines of the time and many of their successors.

In fact, the 540-horsepower curvaceous cats are so special that back in the ’90s, Jaguar itself couldn’t keep up with repairing and maintaining them in northern Europe.

They turned to a third party business, Don Law Racing. Over the years, the father and son team of Don and Justin has learned just how special the XJ220 is – for better or for worse – while working on customer cars from all over world. They have spare Ricardo gearboxes, TWR engines, and even the original CAD model of the 217-mph masterpiece.


Of course, the Laws not only know how to fix XJ220s; they also know how to make them better. They’ve produced their own version of the car that’s effectively a Le Mans racer for the road with a high-performance suspension designed to competently handle the engine’s 800 bhp. It’s highly likely that DLR’s available exhaust, turbo, and ECU mods had something to do with that substantial jump in output.

Don Law Racing also offers upgrades that increase the XJ220’s useability, such as GPS and in-car entertainment systems and parking sensors. It also has an enhancement that improves the car’s luggage space by 260 percent.

The company’s knowledge of Jaguars extends past the XJ220. According to Don Law Racing’s website, Justin Law managed to nail down “the outright fastest time of the [Goodwood] Festival of Speed behind the wheel of the Don Law Racing prepared Jaguar XJR’s in 2003, 2005, 2008 & 2009.”

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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