At the upcoming Paris Motor Show which goes live on 27th September, Jaguar is getting ready to debut production version of their C-X16 Concept, F-Type two seater sports car, without the hybrid option. Unveiling of this new Jaguar sports car is even more noteworthy due to the fact that it will signal their re-entry into the segment after a gap of almost four decades. Jaguar unveiled the F-Type’s predecessor E-Type back at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. At that time, after having a look at the E-Type, Enzo Ferrari, Founder, Ferrari, said that it is the most beautiful car ever built. Jaguar hopes to re-create the same with F-Type. The E-Type was discontinued in 1974.
Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover will officially launch this super car in European markets by mid 2013 in a choice of three petrol engine options 340PS, 380PS versions of 3.0 liter supercharged V6 while supercharged 5.0 liter V8 will also be added, output of which is expected to be around 450 PS. These engines will be mated to an eight speed transmission equipped with Start/Stop technology. F TYPE will be produced at company plant in Castle Bromwich, UK and will take its place among other Jaguar offerings such as XF Saloon, Sportbrake and XJ Saloon and XK Convertible.
Jaguar will also be concentrating on launching 40 new products in the next 4 to 5 years, while Tata plans to inject $12 billion over the same period in order to give some tooth to the British brand which will help them compete with the German giants, BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz.
Jaguar is planning £1.5 billion investment on new products and modernization of capacities in a bid to position themselves as top premium brand. A recent joint venture with Chevy Automobiles in China is also being enhanced to commence production activities and accommodate more local production for which the company will be investing ¥3.5 billion.
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Jaguar F-TYPE to debut in Paris
10th August 2012: The F-TYPE, Jaguar’s all-new aluminium two-seater sports car, will make its global debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: “The unveiling of the F-TYPE in Paris will be a truly significant day in Jaguar’s history as it will mark the company’s return to the sports car market, a market it originally helped to create.
“As its sporting forebears did in their era, the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering stunning sports car performance while vividly demonstrating Jaguar’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence. The next step in Jaguar’s sporting bloodline is about to become reality.”
The F-TYPE will be launched as a convertible with a choice of three petrol engines: 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.
Prototype test programme
Following the F-TYPE’s ‘camouflaged’ public drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June of this year, testing of the final verification prototypes has continued in some of the harshest environments in the world.
As its name suggests, this test programme is designed to verify the staggering amount of design work that was carried out by Jaguar’s engineers in the ‘virtual world’, a process in which the company is an industry leader.
More than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses were carried out comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing, creating more than 300TB of data. Had that same amount of initial design analysis been completed on physical cars, the number of prototype F-TYPEs built would have filled the majority of the UK’s motorway network bumper-to-bumper.
The result of all that ‘virtual’ design work is that Jaguar’s engineers are currently concentrating on honing the performance of the physical verification prototypes, to ensure the production F-TYPE delivers truly focused sports car driving reward.
Said Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director: “When you are working on a Jaguar sports car the expectations of the world are huge. We’re really pleased how the attributes have translated from the virtual simulation work we’ve done into the physical world.
“Now, we’re refining and adding those last few percentage points – that true element of honing which the Jaguar test team are delivering – which will turn a great sports car into an exceptional one.”