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Bradley Smith's Supercharged XJS in Detail
By Michael Frank

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Let's say you are driving down Manhattan's West Side Highway. You notice a 1985 XJS in your rearview. It quickly overtakes you, and in a  blinding red flash you've been passed. This bit of cop-bait is Bradley Smith's ultimate sleeper...a wolf in XJS clothing. Under the custom made bonnet is a 600HP double supercharged V12, and a lot more.

Bradley had an itch for higher performance than a stock XJS could provide. He started with he usual: upgraded air filters and such, but found he still needed more. His search led him to Brian Maletsky of Motorcraft, a Jaguar specialist in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brian and Bradley soon formed XJS Express, for the purpose of developing the car to it's ultimate performance levels.

The automatic transmission was soon deleted for a Richmond Six speed with a lightweight steel flywheel and clutch from Centerforce. Improvements were made to the suspension. But enough just wasn't enough. Soon a dual supercharged V12 by tuner Lee Hurley filled the engine compartment, with a custom intake manifold by Joe Conti.An Electromotive fuel injection system replaced the stock unit. Many other changes followed. What emerged is the perfect Jaguar hot rod...a car with comfort and refinement, but with incredible power and handling.

If you see this car on the roads around New York, watch out!

Suspension and Drivetrain


Engine

Fuel


Cooling, oil and water


MISC


Design

Body

Motorcraft is a Jaguar specialist located at 307 Paterson Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 phone: 201-935-3431

About the author -Michael Frank is Vice President and Webmaster of the Jaguar Touring Club. His red 2+2 E-Type is a familiar sight at JCNA events in the Northeast. Currently, he is building a reproduction of the 1963 Cunningham Lightweight E-Type.

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Posted: 4/28/2002

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