One-off F-TYPE rally cars recognise 70 years of Jaguar sports car heritage
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Jaguar has harnessed 70 years of sports car know-how to develop a pair of F-TYPE Convertible rally cars to celebrate the brand’s heritage.
The one-off cars pay homage to the Jaguar XK120’s and driver
Ian Appleyard’s achievement of competing in three consecutive Alpine rally
appearances without accruing a penalty point. As well as claiming victory in
the RAC and Tulip rallies in the early 1950s.
Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum says the opportunity
to design a rally car doesn’t come around too often, and was fascinated to see
how he could make a modern interpretation with the F-TYPE.
“These F-TYPE rally cars are a fitting tribute to the XK120
and all the great Jaguar sports cars since its reveal 70 years ago,” he added.
Jaguar design and engineering teams modified the cars to meet
the FIA’s specification fitting upgraded brakes, suspension and drivetrain. The
decision was made to fit four-piston brake calipers and grooved discs, softer
springs, a limited-slip differential, a hydraulic handbrake and hand-built
three-way adjustable competition dampers.
Other rally preparations include a roll cage, fire
extinguisher, and race seats with six point harnesses have all been installed.
The celebratory F-TYPE Convertible rally cars demonstrated
their credentials at Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales, with the cars
set to make an appearance at a series of Jaguar events over the next few months.