The new Jaguar F-Type represents a return to the company's heartland: a
two-seater, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver
involvement. The F-Type is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches
back more than 75 years and encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling
and desirable cars ever built.
The engineering ethos underpinning the F-Type is centered on Jaguar's industry-leading expertise in the use of aluminum. Featuring the most advanced iteration of Jaguar's acclaimed rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture to date, the F-Type has ideally balanced weight distribution that allows its involving rear-wheel drive dynamics to be explored to the full. Utilizing extensive Computer Aided Engineering program, the attention to detail involved in the F-Type's creation even extended to the development of a new, lighter, aluminum front subframe.
In order to maximize the benefits of its advanced structure, the F-Type features all-aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspension and a quick-ratio steering rack for ultimate responsiveness. The aluminum architecture has been optimized to provide the stiffest possible underpinnings for the suspension with rigidity gains of more than 30 per cent in key areas compared to any other Jaguar application.
Ian Hoban, the Vehicle Line Director at Jaguar had this to say about the two-seater: "With the F-Type, the Jaguar engineering team focused on delivering greater dynamic driving reward than ever before. To make that a reality, every engineer has had very tough targets to hit: every one of those targets has been met and, in many cases, exceeded, making the F-Type a car that delivers precisely the key sporting attributes that we intended."
Shape Defined by "Heartlines"
The company's eye to the future is encapsulated in the assertive design language that deliberately challenges preconceptions. Jaguars have always defined sinuous, muscular simplicity and the F-Type is no exception, its shape being defined by two "heartlines" forming the front and rear wings.
Taking inspiration from the C-X16 concept unveiled in 2011, the front of the F-Type features a new interpretation of the bold angular Jaguar grille from which flows the muscular clamshell bonnet with its signature "power bulge". The all important heartline begins its journey in the blade dissecting the shark-like gills on either side of the grille before leading the eye to the top of the front wing, emphasized by the bi-xenon headlamp and integral LED daytime running lights, into the door and towards the rear of the car where it gracefully disappears.
Its journey is taken up at this point by the second heartline which swells out to form the muscular rear haunch before sweeping dramatically around the sensual low tail, made possible by the inclusion of an active rear spoiler which deploys at speed to reduce lift by up to 120 kg. Full LED rear lamps create a new Jaguar sports car signature by reinterpreting classic cues from the past and, by wrapping around to the trailing edge of the rear wheelarch, emphasize the powerful stance of the car and its rear-wheel drive sporting potential.