“…a fitting tribute to the XK 120 and all the great Jaguar sports cars…”Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
To celebrate 70 years of the iconic XK 120, Jaguar has created two F-Type rally cars. The Jaguar XK 120 was launched in 1948 and completed three consecutive Alpine Rallies without incurring a single penalty point, and won the RAC and Tulip rallies in the 1950’s.
“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 Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design. “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.”
The rally F-TYPEs feature upgrades to the brakes, suspension and drivetrain including the addition of grooved discs with four-piston callipers front and rear. Hand-built competition dampers and softer springs ensure the high performance cars can be driven flat-out over rough rally stages. Three-way adjustable dampers allow the cars to be tuned for different surfaces and feature spherical bearings for added precision. With motorsport-spec wheels and tyres specifically for use on gravel, a limited-slip differential improves power delivery on loose surfaces while a hydraulic handbrake helps drivers tackle hairpin bends.
The two rally cars were put through their paces at Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales, to demonstrate their performance credentials and will now attend a series of Jaguar events over the next few months.