Jaguar will be unveiling the production version of its all-new aluminum sports car – the F-TYPE – at the Paris Motor Show on September 27. The F-TYPE will be offered as a convertible with three available petrol engines: a 340PS 3.0-liter supercharged V6; and 380PS 3.0-liter supercharged V6; and a new derivative of the supercharged 5.0-liter V8.
All versions will be rear-wheel-drive F-TYPEs and will feature an eight-speed transmission as well as Stop/Start technology.
Jaguar teased the F-TYPE to the public by conducting a public run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom in June this year using a camouflaged version. After the Goodwood teaser, Jaguar went to test the final verification prototypes in some of the harshest environments in the world.
The carmaker’s test program in the real world is specially designed to verify the design work done by its engineers in the virtual world. Jaguar carried out more than half-a-million separate F-TYPE design analyses – all comprising 10-million CPU hours of processing and resulted to the creation of over 300TB of data.
Should Jaguar transform each of the initial design analysis on physical cars, the carmaker would have built prototype F-TYPEs that would have been so numerous as to clog majority of the country’s roads bumper-to-bumper.
But after all the hard work on the F-TYPE’s virtual design, Jaguar's engineers are now focusing on further improving the performance of the physical verification prototypes – which should result to a true sports car in the persona of a production F-TYPE.
According to Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars, the unveiling of the F-TYPE in the Paris auto show will be a significant day in the carmaker’s history since it will mark the its return to the sports car market.
He added that the F-TYPE will break new ground by delivering “stunning sports car performance” while demonstrating the brand’s cutting-edge engineering technologies and world-class design excellence.
Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director, said that the world’s expectations on a Jaguar sports car are huge. He said they are pleased with how the attributes of the F-TYPE were translated from the virtual to the physical world. He added that they are now refining and adding the "last few percentage points” to truly turn “a great sports car into an exceptional one."
The new Jaguar F-Type also comes with a feature line flowing from the side vent, thereby mirroring the sweeping line. This feature line lends the Jaguar F-Type a sense of speed, along with the so-called "lightcatcher" surface detailing located just above the sill. This detailing is what allows surface of the door to seemingly wrap around the sides, thereby resulting to the so-called fuselage effect.
Now, the second "heartline" protrudes to shape the rear haunch before tapering significantly around the rear end of the new Jaguar F-Type, where the car features an active rear spoiler that could be deployed to reduce its aerodynamic lift. For instance, when the speed of the F-Type hits 60 mph, the spoiler is deployed up. But when the speed of the F-Type drops below 40 mph, the active rear spoiler returns to its original position. This spoiler is complemented by a front splitter and a sculpted rear valance.
Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, remarked that every dimensional aspect of a sports car allows them to create something exciting viscerally and physically. Callum defines the sports car design as something that suits its purpose – accommodating its passengers and mechanicals in a package that isn’t only exciting, beautiful and sensual but also detailed in a way that it features unneeded surfaces or decorations. He noted that since a design should tell a story, F-Type features lines having a beginning, a direction and a conclusion.
On the other hand, the design of the Jaguar F-Type includes vertical-flowing headlamps, drawing attention to the section along the fender crease. As expected, the design language of the Jaguar F-Type is helped by the adaption of modern technologies. For example, employing compact xenon unit means only one projector is needed. Likewise, the LED running lights with J-Blade help highlight the heartline flowing through the lamp.