Commemorating 70 years of its sports heritage, British automaker Jaguar has now developed a pair of F-Type Convertible rally cars. The two iterations pay homage to the legendary XK 120 registered ‘NUB 120’ which, in the early 1950s in the hands of Ian Appleyard, completed three consecutive Alpine Rallies and won RAC and Tulip.
The F-Type which was already a phenomenal machine in Jaguar’s portfolio has now been given a meaner treatment under the guidance of Jaguar Design and Engineering. Both the models were built in compliance to FIA specifications with uprated brakes and suspension fitted alongside a protective roll cage, racing seats with a six-point harness, bonnet-mounted light pod and fire extinguisher.
“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. 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” said Jaguar Director of design, Ian Callum.
The livery on the new cars is a derivative of the new F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition which features a range of subtle exterior visual enhancements, including unique 20-inch gloss black wheels with a Diamond Turned finish and a Black Contrast roof on the Coupé. Inside, the luxurious Ebony Windsor Leather interior features Performance seats with embossed Chequered Flag headrests and a Dark Brushed Aluminium centre console trim finisher.
Livery and cosmetics are not the only changes one can see on the new models. Jaguar has upgraded the brakes, suspensions and the drivetrain, including the addition of grooved discs with four-piston callipers front and rear. The car also features three-way adjustable dampers that allow terrain-specific tuning for maximum performance.