New Jaguar F-Type will be mid-engined buggy

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New Jaguar F-Type will be mid-engined buggy

The British automaker may revive the C-X75 concept for the future rival of the Porsche 911.

Designers and engineers of the brand are considering key decisions in the development of the rival Porsche 911 next generation, chief of which is whether to stick with the current layout with the front and mid-engined or re-invent it as the electrified or even pure electric model installed in the middle of the power plant. Moreover, the company inclined to the latter.

In his recent interview with Autocar, now the former Director of design Ian Callum said that he developed a plan for the next generation of sports cars in collaboration with his successor, Julian Thomson.

“In the Jaguar still has the formula for a vehicle with front and mid-engined. I have a preference for cars with an average engine. It is definitely something that I would like to see,” said a former top Manager.

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It is expected that Jaguar has developed at least two approaches to design: one in electric/mid-engine format and the other with a longer hood to accommodate internal combustion engines in the front.

“For electric sports car we could make a form similar to the C-X75, with batteries in the form of a T or an H in the middle. Or we could make a car with an internal combustion engine located longitudinally. Thus, style will not dictate the motor, but the motor can dictate the style,” added Callum.

The current F-Type will be sold for three years with a number of updates to bring it into line with the new competitors. But Callum confirmed in April that the development cycle for his successor should begin “soon”. One of the many stumbling blocks when developing the new sports car is the platform itself, which – if it were designed from scratch and bespoke for the model – demand a lot of money and resources from Jaguar Land Rover. The company lost 395 million pounds for the last financial quarter and hoped that models such as the updated Jaguar XE, the new Range Rover Evoque and thoroughly revised Land Rover Discovery Sport, unable to compensate for the significant recent investment and a decline in demand in the Chinese market.

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