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Jaguar sends the dirt flying with F-Type Convertible rally cars

Jaguar sends the dirt flying w...
The Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car gets airborne
The Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car gets airborne
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Jaguar gets off-camber with its F-Type Convertible rally car
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Jaguar gets off-camber with its F-Type Convertible rally car
Jaguar has upgraded the F-Type rally cars with FIA-spec modifications to the suspension, braking, frame construction and more
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Jaguar has upgraded the F-Type rally cars with FIA-spec modifications to the suspension, braking, frame construction and more
Each rally car is powered by a 296-hp four-cylinder engine
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Each rally car is powered by a 296-hp four-cylinder engine
Just looking at all that dust makes us want to put a hard coupe top on the F-Type Convertible rally car
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Just looking at all that dust makes us want to put a hard coupe top on the F-Type Convertible rally car
The rally cars ride on gravel-specific tires
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The rally cars ride on gravel-specific tires
Blowing up grit with the Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car
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Blowing up grit with the Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car
The Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car gets airborne
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The Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car gets airborne
Jaguar shows its F-Type rally car
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Jaguar shows its F-Type rally car
The recently announced Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition (front) and the XK 120 "NUB 120" (last car) served as inspiration for the rally F-Types
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The recently announced Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition (front) and the XK 120 "NUB 120" (last car) served as inspiration for the rally F-Types
The rally car looks brighter and more colorful, but the Chequered Flag Limited Edition helped inspire its styling
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The rally car looks brighter and more colorful, but the Chequered Flag Limited Edition helped inspire its styling
Jaguar celebrates 70 years of sports car heritage
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Jaguar celebrates 70 years of sports car heritage
Some serious competition livery
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Some serious competition livery
A roll cage provides some occupant protection in the beefed-up F-Type
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A roll cage provides some occupant protection in the beefed-up F-Type
The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
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The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
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The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
A hydraulic handbrake helps improve hairpin turning capabilities
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A hydraulic handbrake helps improve hairpin turning capabilities
Much like with rally Porsches, the F-Type's hood lighting pod gives it away immediately
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Much like with rally Porsches, the F-Type's hood lighting pod gives it away immediately
The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
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The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
Jaguar creates an F-Type Convertible rally car
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Jaguar creates an F-Type Convertible rally car
Jaguar creates an F-Type Convertible rally car
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Jaguar creates an F-Type Convertible rally car
The F-Type rally car has a purpose-designed suspension
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The F-Type rally car has a purpose-designed suspension
After putting it through testing, Jaguar will bring the F-Type rally cars along to a series of events
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After putting it through testing, Jaguar will bring the F-Type rally cars along to a series of events

Celebrating 70 years of sports car heritage, Jaguar has developed two F-Type Convertible rally cars built for attacking road and dirt. The cars boast a competition-ready suspension, braking system, off-road lighting and more. Porsche 911s and Caymans all dressed up for gritty off-road rally adventure always look good, and it turns out the Jaguar F-Type makes a pretty nice rally car, too.

Jaguar's sibling brand Land Rover has been celebrating its 70th birthday throughout 2018. While Jaguar's history goes farther back, it's found a compelling reason to throw a 70th celebration all its own.

The very same year Land Rover showed its first utility vehicle at the Amsterdam Motor Show, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons revealed the XK 120 at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, laying the foundation of a long, illustrious sports car history. According to Jaguar, it was the fastest production vehicle of its time and the very first in a long line of fast, gorgeous and timeless Jaguar sports cars.

The F-Type rally car has a purpose-designed suspension
The F-Type rally car has a purpose-designed suspension

One particular XK 120 has served as inspiration for the new F-Type Convertible rally cars. Ian Appleyard and his wife Pat, Lyons' daughter, raced the XK 120 registered "NUB 120" in a series of rallies, winning the pan-European Tulip Rally in 1951 and the RAC Rally of Great Britain in 1953. During that same era in the early 50s, the duo raced a trio of Alpine Rallies without incurring a single penalty point, a feat that earned them a Coupé D'Or (Gold Cup). The XK 120 gave way to Jaguar's 1950s Le Mans champions, the C-type and D-type.

Decades later, Jaguar's sports car lineage has led us to the F-Type, a modern-day interpretation of pure, red-blooded sports car performance that is an obvious choice for celebrating the brand's sports car and competition heritage.

Blowing up grit with the Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car
Blowing up grit with the Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car

Both F-Type Convertible rally cars are powered by Jag's 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder engine and have been constructed to meet the full slate of FIA specifications. Most of the heavy lifting took place below the vibrant bodywork, where Jaguar Design and Engineering upgraded the suspension system with hand-built competition dampers and softer springs made to eat up rough terrain. Three-way damper adjustability helps match settings to the current surface type.

The braking system has also been thoroughly modified for rally racing, receiving front and rear grooved discs with four-piston calipers and a hydraulic handbrake designed to assist with hairpin turn negotiation. A motorsport-spec wheel/tire combo designed for gravel and a limited-slip differential maintain optimal traction.

The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses
The rally cars include race seats with six-point harnesses

Up top, the hood-mounted lighting module is the big eye-catcher, while a protective roll cage, fire extinguisher and race seats with six-point harnesses beef safety up.

Jaguar's F-Type rally car duo has been put through their paces at the Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales. They'll now spend the next few months appearing at various Jaguar events.

Source: Jaguar

1 comment
guzmanchinky
That is so cool! I would think an LED light bar would be better, but those lights look proper vintage rallye sport.