NEWS: 70th Birthday Jaguar F-TYPE Rally Car Anyone? Hell-To-The-Yeah!
Yes, the petrolhead purists at Jaguar have developed today one, although two F-TYPE Convertible rally cars, with design cues via the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition, to continue its celebration of 70 years of sports car heritage since the XK 0 was revealed in 1948.
The one-off F-TYPE rally cars also pay homage to the legendary Jaguar XK 0 registered ‘NUB 0’ which, within the early 1950s within the hands of Ian Appleyard, completed three consecutive Alpine Rallies without incurring an individual penalty point, in addition to won the RAC in addition to Tulip.
Both rally-specification F-TYPE Convertibles are powered by Jaguar’s 300PS 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder petrol engine. With modifications overseen by Jaguar Design in addition to Engineering, both cars were built to FIA specification, with comprehensively uprated brakes in addition to suspension fitted alongside a protective rollcage, race-seats with six-point harness, bonnet-mounted light pod in addition to fire extinguisher.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said: “The opportunity to design a rally car doesn’t come along very often so I was fascinated to see how we could take our modern day sports car to a similar character. These types are a fitting tribute to the XK 0 in addition to all the great Jaguar sports cars since its reveal 70 years ago, including the latest F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition.”
The rally F-TYPEs feature upgrades to the brakes, suspension in addition to drivetrain including the addition of grooved discs with four-piston calipers front in addition to rear. Hand-built competition dampers in addition to softer springs ensure the high performance cars can be driven flat-out over rough rally stages. Three-way adjustable dampers allow the cars to be tuned for different surfaces in addition to feature spherical bearings for added precision. With motorsport-spec wheels in addition to tyres specifically for use on gravel, a limited-slip differential improves power delivery on loose surfaces while a hydraulic handbrake helps drivers tackle hairpin bends.
The celebratory types were put through their paces at Walters Arena rally stage, South Wales, to demonstrate their performance credentials in addition to will today attend a series of Jaguar events over the next few months.
The rally cars’ livery takes design inspiration via the completely new F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition, which features a range of subtle external surfaces visual enhancements, including unique 20-inch Gloss Black wheels having a Diamond Turned finish in addition to a Black Contrast roof on the Coupé. Inside, the luxurious Ebony Windsor Leather Indoor features Performance seats with embossed Chequered Flag headrests in addition to a Dark Brushed Aluminium centre console trim finisher.
The Jaguar F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition will be available via £62,335 in addition to can be configured at www.jaguar.co.uk. You can read more about the F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition here.