- Rally models scheduled for Jaguar’s 70th birthday
- Design cues from Chequered Flag Limited Edition
- One-off specials pay homage to 1948 sport cars
PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar has developed two F-Type Convertible rally cars with design cues from the F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition to continue its celebration of 70 years of sports car heritage since the XK 120 was revealed in 1948.
The one-off F-Type rally cars, their maker says, also pay homage to the legendary Jaguar XK 120 registered ‘NUB 120’ which, in the early 1950s in the hands of Ian Appleyard, completed three consecutive Alpine Rallies without incurring a single penalty point, and won the RAC and Tulip rallies.
Each rally-specification F-Type Convertible has Jaguar’s 221kW two-litre Ingenium four-cylinder petrol engine. With modifications overseen by Jaguar Design and Engineering, they were assembled to FIA specification. They have comprehensively uprated brakes and suspension, a roll cage, race-seats with six-point harness, bonnet-mounted light pod, and fire extinguisher.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, told The Corner through a media release: “The opportunity to design a rally car doesn’t come along very often so I was fascinated to see how we could take our modern sport car to a similar character.
”These models are a fitting tribute to the XK 120 and all the great Jaguar sports cars since its reveal 70 years ago, including the latest .”
The rally F-Types also have uprated brakes, suspension and drivetrain the brakes having grooved discs with four-piston calipers front and rear. Hand-built competition shock-absorbers and softer springs ensure the high-performance cars can be driven flat-out over rough rally stages.
The three-way adjustable shocks allow the cars to be tuned for various surfaces and have ball bearings for added precision. Motorsport-spec wheel rims and tyres specifically for gravel were added, and a limited-slip differential to improve power delivery on a loose surface.
An hydraulic handbrake helps drivers tackle hairpin bends.
The celebratory models were put through their paces on the Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales to demonstrate their performance credentials. Fjurther public appearances will be made through coming months.
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The body livery takes design inspiration from the new F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition with its range of subtle exterior visual enhancements, among them unique 20” gloss black wheel rims with a diamond-turned finish and a black roof on the coupé version.
The cabins have black leather features that include rally seats. A brushed aluminium centre console adds flair.
The new F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition Coupés and Convertibles will be available in South Africa from April 2019. Prices wen they arrive.