Fast And Fearless – Jaguar F-Type

With the Paris Motor Show only a month away there’s a lot of anticipation building as manufacturers sneak out details of their new models. One such car is the hotly anticipated Jaguar F-Type, an all-new model that will finally be shown undisguised on the French stage on September 27th.

Jaguar have been playing a good game with the F-Type’s publicity. They’ve been previewing bits of Ian Callum’s design for some time now including full shots of a camouflaged prototype and a very public drive of that same prototype up the hill at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

Jaguar F-Type Goodwood

Jaguar F-Type prototype at Goodwood Festival Of Speed

This video is the latest salvo in the F-Type publicity campaign. Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director, talks about the performance, responsiveness and power of the all-new convertible, aluminium-bodied, two-seater sports car.

“For any sports car to deliver through sporting credentials there are some fundamentals which need to be in place. Stiff and responsive low-weight body structures, optimal weight distribution and, of course, high power-to-weight ratios and high torque-to-weight ratios.

“The F-Type will be a quicker, more responsive, agile vehicle, more driver-focussed. The throttle pedal, the steering wheel, it’s the speed of feedback, how quickly the vehicle reacts, that helps build the confidence that the driver has in the car.

“Sports cars go fast but they need to be able to stop fast as well.One of the developments that we’ve undertaken with F-Type is to manage the airflow under and through the vehicle to assist in the levels of brake cooling.

“The supercharger really fits the character of an F-Type. That immediacy of response and that linear growth in performance.

“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that F-Type will be a truly exceptional sports car

When it goes on sale next year the Jaguar F-Type will be available with two new petrol engines, 340PS and 380PS versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3.0-litre supercharged V6, as well as a new derivative of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8. All F-Types will be rear-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and, in a nod to environmental concerns, will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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