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Jaguar F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle

Jaguar F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle

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Late last year, Jaguar announced a partnership with current land speed record holder Andy Green and his team at Bloodhound, which is working on a jet and rocket-powered supersonic car (SSC) that will be used in a new land speed record attempt in the next six to 12 months. Green’s previous best was 763.035 mph, clocked in 1997, and this time around the British air force pilot not only wants to beat his record but also be the first to drive at 1,000 mph.

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Jaguar’s efforts in the project include the supply of F-Type support cars, one of which has been revealed today in a new livery that matches that found on the actual SSC. The support car is officially known as a Rapid Response Vehicle, or RRV for short, and it’s based on the latest 2016 F-Type R AWD.

You might be wondering what the Bloodhound team needs with a fleet of F-Type support vehicles. Well, the cars have already fulfilled a critical role in the development of the SSC, helping out with a communications test shown in the video below.

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Fitted with the same radio equipment as the SSC, an F-Type R was driven head-to-head at top speed with a similarly equipped jet flown at 500 knots and just 20 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of almost 700 mph enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Green in the SSC.

But it’s not just cars Jaguar is providing. The British automaker is also supplying its engineering expertise and some of its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8s. The 550-horsepower engine isn’t used to drive the SSC but rather to help power the fuel pump of its rocket.

As previously reported, the SSC is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fiber monocoque like a modern supercar and the rear being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft. Peak output from its combined jet and rocket engines will be in excess of 135,000 horsepower!

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Like sister company Land Rover, which has partnered with another pioneering British project, Virgin Galactic, Jaguar is hoping its partnership with Bloodhound will help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, which is the overall objective of Bloodhound too.

Source:Motor Authority

Jaguar Registers New ‘EV-Type’ Trademark

Jaguar Registers New  ‘EV-Type’ Trademark

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Is Jaguar working on an electrified vehicle destined to be called the EV-Type?

We can’t be sure but the company has just registered the “EV-Type” trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as a similar registry in Europe. The registration was filed on October 30, 2014 for usage on motor land vehicles, among other applications.

Jaguar hasn’t confirmed plans for an electrified vehicle, such as a plug-in hybrid, extended-range electric or full battery-powered electric, however, the company did come close to launching a plug-in hybrid supercar based on its C-X75 supercar concept from 2010. Although no longer slated for production, Jaguar has stated that the concept’s technology will be used for future models.

Jaguar also revealed an XJ plug-in hybrid prototype in 2012, and more recently the company, together with sister brand Land Rover, started a new research project looking to further develop hybrid and electric car technology.

Source: Motor Authority

Jaguar’s F-Type to use technology from C-X75 concept

 

Jaguar’s F-Type to use technology from C-X75 concept

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Every automaker has its own agenda when it comes to concept cars. Some roll them out just to showcase where it’s heading. Others create them to gauge public opinion for a potential production model. Still others only showcase a concept car to preview a model that’s already well underway. Jaguar is just such a company.

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In the last several years, Coventry has only produced a handful of concept cars, and each of them – the C-X16 that foreshadowed the F-Type, the C-X17 that previews the upcoming crossover and Project 7 that is now entering limited production – has led straight to the introduction of a new, commercially available model. Except for one: the C-X75.

The extreme lightweight supercar was set to succeed the XJ220 with a number of advanced technologies, but unfortunately Jaguar ended up pulling the plug to watch from the sidelines as McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche got all the attention for their new hybrid hypercars. But that doesn’t mean that some of the technologies initially developed for the C-X75 won’t find their way into other Jaguar products.

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One project reportedly under consideration would be for Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations division to use the compact yet potent twin-charged engine in the F-Type. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine was designed as a replacement for the costly turbines in the original concept, but used both super- and turbochargers to deliver around 500 horsepower.

That’s about as much power as the F-Type V8 S and a few steps short of the F-Type Coupe R, let alone the Project 7 speedster, but with half the cylinder count and less than a third the displacement, would weigh significantly less. That could mean extra space for a hybrid assist or enable spritelier dynamics all on its own, but if approved for production, we wouldn’t expect it to come cheap: the engine was, after all, developed for a supercar. And if Jaguar were to make it, it could end up charging proper supercar prices for it, as well.

 

News Source: Autoblog via Auto Express

OFFICIAL: JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7 CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION

OFFICIAL: JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7 CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION

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JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7 CONFIRMED FOR PRODUCTION
– Jaguar confirms it will build the F-TYPE Project 7
– The production version of the F-TYPE Project 7 will debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed – in the 60th anniversary year of the Jaguar D-type racer that inspired its design
– The F-TYPE Project 7 will be the most performance-focused derivative of the acclaimed F-TYPE range
– Jaguar will produce the F-TYPE Project 7 in an exclusive run capped at 250 units globally, hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team
– A fully road-legal two-seater roadster, the new car stays true to the design ethos of the Project 7 concept unveiled in 2013 – which paid homage to seven Jaguar wins at Le Mans – including the distinctive D-type-inspired fairing
– With 575 horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, F-TYPE Project 7 will reach 60mph in 3.8-sec (0-100 km/h in 3.9-sec)1
– Bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic components, a unique suspension tune, Carbon Ceramic brakes, and Torque Vectoring by Braking are all standard features
– F-TYPE Project 7 features foldable cloth top that can be removed and stowed
– First customer deliveries will begin from mid-2015

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(WHITLEY, U.K.) – June 24, 2014 – The F-TYPE Project 7, the latest model in the acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE sports car range, is set to make its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26.

“Special Operations exists to develop a suite of products and services that enable our most discerning and enthusiastic customers to indulge their passion for our cars. F-TYPE Project 7 is a perfect example of one such product. It’s the most powerful production Jaguar vehicle ever built, and pays homage to seven outright Jaguar Le Mans victories with distinctive design cues inspired by the Jaguar D-type which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year,” says John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

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The F-TYPE Project 7 is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team, and will be produced in an exclusive, limited-edition run of up to 250 units globally. Its distinctive roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguar cars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year. The naming of the F-TYPE Project 7 pays homage to seven outright Jaguar Le Mans wins.

The F-TYPE Project 7 is powered by the Jaguar 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, now in 575 horsepower form, enabling the all-aluminum-bodied car – which weighs 3,495 lbs (1585kg) – to achieve acceleration from 0-60mph in 3.8-seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9-seconds)1 and onwards towards an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h) 1. F-TYPE Project 7 will be street-legal and feature a removable roof.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through the Jaguar eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes are standard on the F-TYPE Project 7, offering powerful, consistent, fade-free braking. Another standard feature is Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) which, working in conjunction with the EAD, enables extremely precise handling. Bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension set-up enable F-TYPE Project 7 to deliver a truly engaging driving experience.

While F-TYPE Project 7 features performance-focused engineering by Special Vehicle Operations – the engineering and vehicle division of Special Operations – its design has been kept true to the head-turning lines of the original Project 7 concept.
Key design elements include the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver, a new front bumper, and downforce-increasing aerodynamic modifications – including a carbon-fiber front air splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler. While the original concept car was a single seater, the production version has been transformed into a two-seater, with rollover hoops for both driver and passenger now integrated into the design. US specification cars will feature a full height windshield.

2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7: IN DETAIL

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Engineering
The 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 is a product of pure passion and the pinnacle of Jaguar performance sports car range.
The Special Vehicle Operations-engineered F-TYPE Project 7 is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 575 hp (an increase of 25 hp over the F-TYPE R Coupé). Power is delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second-generation Electronic Active Differential. Special Vehicle Operations engineers have developed a bespoke transmission calibration for the F-TYPE Project 7, with revised shift points and shift characteristics.
This enables the lightweight, all-aluminum bodied roadster – which, at 3,495 lbs (1585kg), weighs 176 lbs (80 kg) less than the F-TYPE V8 S Convertible – to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) 1, with an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph1.
F-TYPE Project 7 features a switchable Active Sport Exhaust system with quad, matt-black ceramic coated, outboard-mounted tailpipes. The system uses electronically-controlled bypass valves in the rear section of the exhaust which are mapped to open according to a range of parameters, effectively altering the exhaust gas routing into a free-flowing straight-through arrangement to both reduce back pressure and enhance sound quality.
F-TYPE Project 7 rides on 20-inch Storm alloy wheels in gloss black. Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes – with 15.7″ (398mm) front and 15.0″ (380mm) rear discs allied to six- and four-piston monobloc calipers respectively.
Made from a matrix of carbon-fiber and ceramic, which is extremely hard and highly resistant to wear, the CCM system offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance even during sustained extreme driving conditions. Jaguar CCM brakes feature a pre-fill system function that applies a low brake pressure to all four calipers when the throttle is released – and before the brake pedal is pressed again – to ensure consistent brake pedal feel.
F-TYPE Project 7 benefits from bespoke, Special Vehicle Operations-engineered front suspension knuckles which give increased negative camber, revised top mounts and new front/rear anti-roll bars. The front and rear spring and damper units are height adjustable, and both spring rates and damper internals have been tailored specifically to F-TYPE Project 7.
Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system is designed to actively control vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates by continuously monitoring driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimize stability. The Adaptive Dynamics controlling software has been precisely re-calibrated to suit F-TYPE Project 7, the Dynamic Stability Control system also having a unique state of tune2.
Engaging Dynamic Mode delivers enhanced body control through firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response. Dynamic Mode is configurable via the central 8-inch touchscreen, allowing the driver to select and save settings according to their preference2.
Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB), designed to intelligently and rapidly apply precise amounts of braking force to individual wheels to accurately sharpen the car’s line through a corner, is standard. TVbB works in conjunction with the Electronic Active Differential (which can go from open to full locking torque in 200 milliseconds) and the car’s Dynamic Stability Control system to optimize traction, cornering ability and, most importantly, to maximize steering feel and agility2.
“Above all – F-TYPE Project 7 is fast… It uses all the key technologies we’ve proven on F-TYPE R Coupe to deliver absolute immediacy of response to all driver inputs, yet its focused nature has given us the opportunity to go further still. The result is a driving experience that’s pure and involving in every sense,” says Mike Cross, Chief Engineer – Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar.
Design
The Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 retains the distinctive, minimalist design of the original 2013 concept. The concept car blended a Jaguar rich racing heritage with a new groundbreaking sports car line, the F-TYPE. Under Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, the sketch of a single-seater sports car went from paper to reality in the space of just a few months, and will become a production car.
“F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect example of how, as a design team, we can move quickly with our engineering colleagues to go from concept vehicle to production reality – we’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible without losing any purity of form. Modern, purposeful and with a stance that screams intent, F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect contemporary embodiment of the D-type that inspired it,” says Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
The key ‘heartlines’ of the F-TYPE Project 7 remain those of the World Car Design Award-winning F-TYPE sports car. They effortlessly blend with the D-type-inspired rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops rearwards and down from behind the driver’s head. Being a two-seater, F-TYPE Project 7 features a second rollover hoop, behind the passenger seat.
Extensive aerodynamic modifications on F-TYPE Project 7 include a front splitter with a lower section made of polymer and an upper section in carbon-fiber. Side skirts, rear diffuser and an adjustable rear spoiler are all made of carbon-fiber. These components together mean the F-TYPE Project 7 generates 177% more downforce than F-TYPE Convertible at its top speed of 186mph1.
The rear deck, hood vents, side vent louvers and mirror caps are also all made of carbon-fiber. A Bimini roof has been specially designed for F-TYPE Project 7. It clips on to the convertible header rail, and can be conveniently folded and, when not in use, stowed in the trunk.
The interior features carbon-fiber inserts on the console, machined aluminum gearshift paddles and bespoke treadplates with the Project 7 logo.
Each F-TYPE Project 7 will be hand-built to exacting standards by Special Operations, and offered in an exclusive, limited-edition production capped at 250 units globally. These cars will sport a commemorative plaque, located between the two seats, featuring Ian Callum’s signature.
F-TYPE Project 7, whose name acknowledges Jaguar’s seven historic Le Mans race wins, will be offered in five metallic colors: Ultra Blue, Caldera Red, British Racing Green (all with white graphics options), Ultimate Black and Glacier White (both with grey graphics options).
JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS*
*All figures are manufacturer’s estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Engine capacity (cc)
5000

Cylinders
8

Valves per cylinder
4

Compression ratio
9.5:1

Bore/stroke (mm)
92.5/93.0

Bore/stroke (inches)
3.64/3.66

Transmission
8-speed ‘Quickshift’ ZF 8HP70

PERFORMANCE

0-60mph (sec) 1
3.8

0-100km/h (sec) 1
3.9

Top speed (mph) 1
186, electronically limited

Top speed (km/h) 1
300, electronically limited

Power (HP@rpm)
575@6500

Torque (lb ft@rpm)
502@2500-5500

Wheels
20-inch ‘Storm’ alloy,
in gloss black

Tires – size
255/35/20 (front)
295/30/20 (rear)

1 Always follow local speed limits.
2 These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details.

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