Skip advert
Advertisement

Jaguar builds F-type rally car as part of 70 years of sports cars celebration

Thought the F-type Convertible would make a good rally car..? Nor us...

As part of Jaguar’s 70 years of sports cars celebration this year, the British marque has designed and built two F-type roadster models to go off the tarmac and onto the rally stage.

Based on the F-type Convertible, both models are fitted with the entry-level 296bhp four-cylinder petrol engine, matched to the standard-fit eight-speed automatic gearbox. From here, further modifications are undertaken by Jaguar Design and Engineering, with an internal roll-cage fitted to FIA specification, alongside racing bucket seats and six-point harnesses. Stark carbonfibre door cards have also replaced the standard items, a necessary move in order to fit the cage.

Advertisement - Article continues below

> Click here for our review of the Jaguar F-Type 

Under the aluminium body, Jaguar has also fitted new, more resilient brakes, and a lifted suspension set-up with hand-made competition-spec dampers, allowing the F-type to glide over the rutted gravel roads of a rally stage. New dampers also have the capability to offer three modes to add further control to the damping, depending on the terrain.

Natty motorsport-spec wheels and gravel tyres have also been fitted, as well as a hydraulic handbrake, replacing the standard electric unit, and a limited-slip diff to best help the still rear-wheel-drive model with traction on rough surfaces. Why Jaguar didn’t start with an all-wheel-drive F-type variant, we’re not sure, but the sideways gravel shots probably have something to do with it. 

Coinciding with these two F-type rally cars are the special-edition Jaguar F-type ‘Checkered Flag’ models that were revealed a couple of weeks ago. Unlike those models, the F-type rally car will not be available to purchase, although we suspect it would be a spectacular, if not wildly successful, rally car if it was.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres
Tyres
News

New EU tyre rules could save motorists £6 billion in new tyres

400 million tyres per year are replaced before reaching the legal limit for tread depth, but new EU regulations will make tyres safer right down to 1.…
17 Jul 2024
The new Audi A5 has been revealed, but it's not what you think
New Audi A5 – front
News

The new Audi A5 has been revealed, but it's not what you think

A new naming structure means that Audi's A4 saloon and estate have adopted the A5 badge, with the new S5 packing a 362bhp V6
16 Jul 2024
You can now buy a cheaper, rear-drive Porsche Macan EV
Porsche Macan and Macan 4S – front
News

You can now buy a cheaper, rear-drive Porsche Macan EV

Porsche has added a single-motor option to the Macan range, along with a 4S to bridge the gap to the 630bhp Turbo
16 Jul 2024