Innovative use of aluminium to be displayed on Jaguar’s F-Type14 August 2012
Jaguar has announced that the F-Type 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, says: "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," continues Hallmark. "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-litre supercharged V6, and a new derivative of its existing supercharged 5-litre V8. All will drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission and will be equipped with Stop/Start technology.
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.
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