Jaguar F-Type Debut Set for Goodwood FoS
Yesterday, we introduced you to the glorious celebration that is the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We told you that it was automotive nirvana. We also told you that it was the chance to see some of the rarest cars on the planet in action. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to present: Exhibit A. The Jaguar F-Type two-seat roadster is set to make its world debut at the 2012 edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The inspiration behind the F-Type makes rural England the perfect backdrop for its unveiling, as Jaguar claims that it is the spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type. Based on the C-X16 concept, the F-Type calls for a lightweight aluminum construction, and a powerful yet fuel efficient powerplant. Jaguar is using the F-Type to showcase a new engine family, as the concept from which the F-Type is based featured a supercharged V6 in hybrid application. No word as to weather the F-Type will be a hybrid, but it will certainly carry on with the V6.
With the long hood and gaping front grille opening, the C-X16 looks the part to carry the torch of the historic E-Type. From the spy shots, and staged shots in camouflage, it appears that the production F-Type will carry over these crucial design elements.
Other spy shots have revealed that it will most certainly be a roadster, as opposed to the coupe body style from the C-X16. The production model will also feature a deploying rear spoiler.
This year, the F-Type will be joined by the public unveiling of the new Audi A3 and RS4 as well as the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
We’re very excited to see how the F-Type differs from the C-X16 concept. If the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are any indications, the world is ready for more purist driver’s cars that do not have heaps of power, but and carve turns like a Hattori Hanzo sword. We will be watching the weekend’s events very closely, and will report back when the production version finally scales the Goodwood hill climb.
The supercharged V6 going under the hood is rumored to put out 380 horsepower, putting it in league to take on the Porsche Boxster, Mercedes SLK-Class, and BMW Z4 sDrive35is (damn you, BMW, and your cursed naming conventions!). This positioning will allow the larger XK Coupe and Roadster to slot higher and take on the like of the Aston Martin DBS and Porsche 911. According to Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s Global Brand Director, the choice for the FoS was the perfect way to get the F-Type in front of the type of people who would care about the car the most. “Goodwood Festival of Speed is focused around the dynamic hill runs where the public can see, hear and smell the cars - this is why we have chosen it as the place to showcase an F-TYPE prototype.”
The new roadster will be piloted up the hill by Jaguar's Head of Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross. It will be following a tradition of enthusiast vehicle debuts at Goodwood. In 2010, the FoS was place where the McLaren MP4-12C first showed its face to the public. Last year, there were record debuts, including the Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador, and fellow Jaguar, the range-topping XKR-S.