Modern Ferrari Daytona Penned By Tata Designer Could Hint At Next Generation Jaguar F-Type

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You might recognize the familiar shape, but not from where you think.

It's tough to believe, but the Jaguar F-Type is nearly 10 years old. At the end of 2023, newly-crowned King Charles III will cut off its head, and it will rightfully go to automotive heaven. If only for the sounds produced by its sweet supercharged V6 and V8 engines.

What happens next? There have been no spy shots, leaked images, or even a simple drawing on a napkin. But we may have spotted the new car hiding in plain sight, thanks to Tata Motors UK's lead interior designer, Nicolas Fourny.

There are rumors of a successor. CarBuzz discovered a trademark application for the name J-Type back in the summer.

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If you're familiar with the alphabet, you'll know that J doesn't follow F, but G-Type is a sucky name. Also, rumor is that the F-type replacement is internally known as Project Jennifer, which is why J is a better option.

But back to Fourny. He works for Tata, but in the UK, where Jaguar is based. His main focus is car interiors, but like any decent car designer, he also likes to dabble in exterior design. Exterior designers are the rock stars of the design world.

Fourny recently posted renderings of a 3D model he made. He mentions that he was inspired by a famous grand tourer with a long hood, and we know what you're thinking. This is an E-Type, modernized for 2025 when Jaguar is set to introduce its new range of cars.


Except that it's not. There are hints of E-Type in there, as you can see in the images below. What it actually is, is a modernized version of the famous Ferrari Daytona, complete with a near-identical side profile and quad exhaust pipes.

Having said that, it could just as easily be a new E-Type. It just needs to lose the modern Ferrari-eque headlights and drop the quad pipes in favor of the famous twin pipes found on the E. Job, done.

Except that the car would have no need for exhaust pipes, as Jaguar is set to go fully electric in 2025.

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It's a pity, given the brand's history with six-cylinder engines. The F-Type was at its very best with the top-down, in British Racing Green, with a supercharged V6 under the hood. Unfortunately, this engine is no longer available.

In case you're wondering why a Tata employee would be allowed anywhere near a Jag, it's worth noting that it owns Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Tata purchased Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008 for $2.23 billion. The two companies were combined to form JLR, registered in the UK. And then Tata did the best possible thing it could for JLR. It wrote a blank cheque, told them to do whatever needed to be done, and then the bigwigs flew back to India.

It was reverse colonization at its finest.


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