Jaguar wants a lighter F-Type that could use technology from C-X75 Concept

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2014

Jaguar already unveiled the limited edition F-Type Project 7 a.k.a. its lightest version of the F-Type at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it appears that the British manufacturer has a new project. According to Auto Express, Jaguar wants even more and is preparing a new version of the F-Type that will be even lighter than the F-Type Project 7.

These words came from Paul Newson, the director of Jaguar Land Rover’s newly created Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. And now listen to the interesting part: in order to make the F-Type lighter, Jaguar could use the technology found on the C-X75 Concept, that was powered by a 1.6-liter supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine.

Newson said that the Project 7 is 80 kg lighter than the standard F-Type, but thanks to lighter engines the car could become lighter. On the C-X75 Concept, the 1.6-liter engine could rev to 10,000 rpm and was capable to deliver 500 hp.

The problem is that the engine was designed for a $1.7 million supercar, which means that using the small petrol powerplant on the F-Type would be expensive. Nweson added that it could work well.

In addition, he said that in the longer term the company will stop using the 5.0-liter V8 engines, which is not quite a surprise for us as all the carmakers are downsizing with high-pressure engines.

The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 575 hp and 680 Nm of torque. With a total weight of 1585 kg and with power delivered to the rear wheels, the F-Type Project 7 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Through a new design language, the new F Type continues and advances the sinuous and muscular elegance that has been the hallmark of Jaguar cars. For instance, the F Type features two so-called "heartlines" that define both the profile and top-down view of the premium sports car.

The first heartline commences from the blade that dissects the shark-like gills on either side of the grille, and flows up to form sharp top crease of the fender line. This top crease provides sight lines that could aid the driver during cornering. The main heartline then runs to the top section of the front fender, through the door and the rear end where it disappears.

A feature line mirrors this sweeping line -- flowing back from the side vent – that works with the "lightcatcher" surface detailing above the sill to give the new F-Type a sense of speed. This lightcatcher surface detailing allows the door surface to wrap around the side of the F-Type to create a fuselage effect.

Meanwhile, the second heartline inflates to form the muscular rear haunch and then sweeps around the rear end of the F-Type. The sleek rear end features an active rear spoiler that could be deployed to reduce aerodynamic lift. When the F-Type speeds up at 60 mph, the active rear spoiler rises, but when the premium sports car slows down below 40 mph, the device lowers to fit flush. This active rear spoiler is complemented by a number of aerodynamic aids like a front splitter and a sculpted rear valance.

Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, quipped that every dimensional aspect of a sports car allows them to create something that is visually exciting. He remarked that a sports car design should be fit for its purpose while wrapping both its mechanicals and occupants in package that is exciting, beautiful and sensual sans any unneeded adornment. Callum added that since a piece of design should tell a story, every line in the F-Type features a start, a direction and a conclusion. He noted that by individually approaching every line, getting it as aesthetically correct as possible while getting the dimensions right, each line will be able to stand the test of time.

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