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Jaguar F-Type rally cars built to mark 70 years of Jaguar sports cars

Jaguar F-Type rally cars built to mark 70 years of Jaguar sports cars
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James Brodie

2018-11-12 00:01

Two Jaguar F-Types have been modified with FIA-spec rally goodies, including spotlights and full rollcages

Jaguar F-Type rally car - front

A pair of Jaguar F-Type convertible rally cars have been developed to mark 70 years of sports cars at the British firm. They’re bespoke and not available for customers to buy. 

The Rally F-Types are finished in a livery promoting the latest limited edition version of the sports car; the F-Type Chequered Flag.

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Jaguar is celebrating 70 years since the introduction of the XK 120 in 1948, and these modified F-Types pay homage specifically to a rally prepared XK 120 driven in the early 1950s by racer Ian Applyard, who took his Jaguar through three consecutive Alpine Rallies without incurring a single penalty point. He also won the RAC Rally in his XK 120 as well.

Based on the 296bhp 2.0-litre F-Type, the new rally cars feature FIA-spec tweaks such as a roll cage, fire extinguisher, racing seats complete with six-point harnesses and bonnet-mounted spotlights.

The brakes have been uprated to grooved discs with four-piston calipers, while a suspension system comprising of three-way adjustable dampers and softer springs has been added to handle rutted tracks. Proper gravel rally specification wheels and tyres have also been added, plus a proper limited slip differential and a mechanical handbrake, too. 

Both cars have been put through their paces at the Walters Arena rally stage in south Wales, and Jaguar plans to bring the two Rally F-Types along to Jaguar events over the next few months.

Click here for more on the limited edition Jaguar F-Type Chequered Flag...

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