Just one way Jaguar celebrates 70 years of its magnificent sports cars.
When you think of a rally car a convertible typically doesn't come to mind. Perhaps it should. Jaguar figured it was about time to make that happen and the 70th anniversary of the iconic XK 120 roadster is the ideal time. Jaguar has turned not one but two F-Type roadsters into fully-fledged rally cars as it celebrates 70 years of its sports cars. Both F-Type roadsters are powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranked up to 296 hp.
Other more obvious modifications include upgraded brakes (grooved discs with four-piston calipers front and rear), hand-built competition dampers, softer springs and suspension, and a protective roll cage. Racing seats with six-point harnesses, hood-mounted light pod and, of course, a fire extinguisher were also added.
"The opportunity to design a rally car doesn't come along very often so I was fascinated to see how we could take our modern day sports car to a similar character," said Jaguar design boss Ian Callum. "These models are a fitting tribute to the XK 120 and all the great Jaguar sports cars since its reveal 70 years ago, including the latest F-TYPE Chequered Flag Limited Edition."
Along with having the right look for the part – sits 40 mm higher off the ground that the standard F-Type - Jaguar continued with other necessary rally upgrades with motorsport-spec wheels and tires specifically designed for better use on gravel. A limited-slip differential also improves power delivery on those expected loose surfaces. There's even a hydraulic handbrake to assist drivers on those difficult to master hairpin bends.
And in case you're wondering, yes, these F-Type roadsters are rally ready and have already proven themselves at Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales. While Jaguar doesn't appear to have any plans to sell either of the two, you can opt for the F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition, assuming the styling fits your fancy. The special edition includes some subtle exterior enhancements, 20-inch Gloss Black wheels with a Diamond Turned finish, and if you opt for the coupe, a black contrast roof.
The interior is decked out with Ebony Windsor leather upholstery and performance seats with embossed Chequered Flag headrests and slick dark brushed aluminum center console trim. We've reached out to Jaguar whether or not this edition will be offered in the US.