JAGUAR’S much-awaited F-TYPE sports car has undergone its first dynamic challenge outside of Jaguar’s internal development programme.
Ex-Formula 1 stars Martin Brundle and Christian Danner, along with former Le Mans ace Justin Bell, put both 380PS V6 and 495PS V8 prototype models to the test.
In cold and challenging conditions at the Snetterton 300 circuit and on the surrounding Norfolk roads, the trio of racers and commentators were the first outside of Jaguar’s own development team to be able to test the F-TYPE’s performance limits.
Their efforts were witnessed by Jaguar’s chief engineer for vehicle integrity Mike Cross, who has directed the team behind the new car, due to hit the streets next summer.
And Cross said: “The entire F-TYPE development programme has, from a vehicle development perspective, been focused on delivering a connected sports car driving experience.
“To witness three respected drivers take to the track and to hear their positive comments validate our work has been great.”
The 380PS F-TYPE S covers the 0-60mph sprint in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 171mph, while the V8 S is quicker still at 4.2 seconds 186mph. Both feature all-aluminium construction, Adaptive Dynamics suspension and an Active Exhaust system.