See below what went on within the F-TYPE Enthusiasts Club or around the F-TYPE world during 2013 until 2017.
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PROPOSED IRELAND TOUR
2nd-4th JUNE 2017
XKEC Sister club Member Neil Silverthorne is arranging a Members-Only tour of Northern Ireland on 2nd-4th June 2017. Activities will include visiting The Titanic Centre, visiting a private car collection, then a trip up the Antrim coat road to Bushmills to visit The Giants Causeway and also the famous whisky factory. He envisages a trip of 3 to 4 days maximum. Accommodation and travel routes are yet TBA but will be limited to a maximum of 10 cars.
SUMMER, SHOW & SHINE
SATURDAY 13th AUGUST 2016
The F-TypeEC and its sister club the XKEC held its annual Summer, Show & Shine event at Arundel Castle in West Sussex on Saturday 13th August 2016.
125 cars (F-Type's and XKs) were on display throughout the day on the Lower Castle lawns amongst an outstanding backdrop of the castle itself. A big thank you to everyone who attended.
29th-31st JULY 2016
A few members of the F-TypeEC joined members of their sister club, the XKEC in a large display of cars on Copse Corner. Thank you to all those who attended. There was also a few Project 7s on display around the circuit as well which was a real pleasure to see. (see images below).
EXPERIENCE AN F-TYPE AROUND THE INFAMOUS NURBURGRING
21st JUNE 2016
Jaguar’s new, 200mph-capable supercar and the world’s most demanding race circuit, the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, are now available to be experienced together with the launch of the ‘Jaguar Co-Pilot Nordschleife’ programme. This programme offers visitors the opportunity to experience the thrill of Jaguar’s fastest-ever series production car from the passenger seat around the 12.94-mile circuit.
Customers booking their place for a flying lap in the F-TYPE SVR will be amongst the first to experience its power, speed and enhanced dynamics package. Before each passenger ride begins, all Co-Pilots are equipped with a race suit and helmet plus HANS (Head and Neck Support) system to ensure maximum safety out on the track. To capture the memorable experience, on-board cameras are mounted inside the F-TYPE SVR so that passengers can relive the excitement of their adventure at the Nordschleife circuit.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations department has fitted the F-TYPE SVR with a roll cage, Recaro Racing seats, race harnesses for occupant safety and an unmistakable bespoke livery on bright Firesand Orange metallic paint.
Passenger laps in the unique Jaguar F-TYPE SVR are available for 16 consecutive weekends from now until the end of October. The price for the 30-minute passenger thrill ride is €295 per person and can be booked atwww.nuerburgring-shop.de.
20th-22nd MAY 2016
Well another GROWLER event has finished and this was probably our best one ever. With record numbers at both Friday (63 people) and Saturday night dinners (118 people) and 150 cars in attendance at Stanford Hall on Saturday, followed by a 50 car convoy on Sunday to Lamport Hall, this event just gets better and better. Many congratulations to member Nigel Carter (see image) for winning "BEST F-TYPE" at the show. Many thanks to all those who attended and to Sturgess Jaguar of Leicester for acting our event sponsors and for also putting on such a superb display of cars at the main Saturday event amongst which was a Project 7 F-TYPE. Here's now looking forward to GROWLER 2017.
F-TYPE SVR REACHES 200mph
24th MAR 2016: The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR has been put through its first high speed test drive with Fast and Furious star Michelle Rodriguez at the wheel.
On a closed highway in the Nevada desert the actress pushed the car to its top speed with the speedometer indicating 201mph - a personal top speed for Michelle.
Michelle Rodriguez said: ““Driving this car was insane! I’ve now broken my personal speed record in the beautiful Jaguar F-TYPE SVR. Reaching 201mph felt amazing, the car drove really smoothly, all my corrections were minimal, I was super focused, and it really reacted in all the right ways. I don’t think I’d ever go this fast without a professional driver seated next to me, but oh man, it was an incredible feeling.”
“I’ve always wondered what it was like to travel faster than my top speed of 140mph and, outside of the Autobahn, it’s impossible for me to do it safely anywhere else and safety is most important to me. It was refreshing to be able to take myself beyond my limitations, going that fast is a big responsibility but the experience in this car was more graceful than anything I’ve felt before.”
The F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR and fastest F-TYPE ever. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 200mph for the Coupé. Priced from £110,000 for the Coupé and £115,485 for the Convertible.
MARCH 2016: F-TYPE BUYER'S GUIDE
With the F-TYPE now three years old there is an interesting F-TYPE buyers guide in the April 2016 edition of Jaguar World Magazine.
The article reviews what to consider when buying an early example, in terms of specification, colour and major recalls. There is also a small write up on his F-Type ownership at the end of the article by our F-TypeEC member Gavin Marsh. Go out and buy the issue now.
17th FEB 16: ORDER BOOK OPENS FOR THE NEW JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR
The F-TYPE SVR will be the fastest F-TYPE ever with an acceleration from 0-60mph will take just 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 200mph for the Coupé. Developed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations it will be lighter, quicker, faster and more powerful whilst remaining tractable and useable for a every day car. Customers can specify and order their F-TYPE SVR now, ahead of the global debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Pricing will commence from £110,000 for the Coupé and £115,485 for the Convertible.
9th FEB 16: F-TYPE APP
Available now on iTunes. Experience Jaguar's F-TYPE for yourself with this stunning Augmented Reality iPad app. Photo realistic 3D modelling allows you to view the sleek exterior and luxury interior at your leisure as well as some classy exhaust sounds. Go download it now from iTunes.
27th JAN 16: THE NEW 200MPH JAGUAR F-TYPE SVR TO MAKE GLOBAL DEBUT AT GENEVA
The new Jaguar F-TYPE SVR will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in summer 2016. Capable of 200mph, the new F-TYPE SVR is the first Jaguar SVR and is developed to exploit the two-seat aluminium sports car’s full potential while retaining its day-to-day usability.
Lighter, faster and more powerful, the new F-TYPE SVR takes performance, dynamics and driver involvement to a new level yet retains the comfort and duality of character inherent to all Jaguar cars.
“The new F-TYPE SVR is the first series production Jaguar to be developed by Special Vehicle Operations and benefits from everything we know about precision engineering, performance and design.
“The result is a 200mph, all-weather supercar that you can drive every day – we even made a Convertible version so that enthusiasts can revel in the sound from the new titanium exhaust system.”
5th JAN 16: JAGUAR LAUNCHES F-TYPE BRITISH DESIGN EDITION
Continuing with its F-TYPE recognition, Jaguar have now further enhanced its creation by the launch of an all new exclusive British Design Edition.
Based on the F-TYPE S Coupé and Convertible, and featuring a range of visual enhancements and additional equipment, the British Design Edition is offered in a specially-selected colour palette inspired by the Union Jack: Caldera Red, Glacier White and – new to the F-TYPE range – Ultra Blue. Ultimate Black is also available.
Further enhancements to the F-TYPE’s award-winning design come from the Sport Design pack and discreet British Design Edition badges front and rear, with unique branding on the centre console, headrests and the stainless steel tread plates.
Behind the 20-inch Cyclone wheels with unique Satin Grey finish is an uprated braking system featuring red calipers (black is available as an option).
Complementing the range of exterior colours is a crafted premium Jet leather interior finished with contrast stitching in a choice of three colours. The driver-focused theme of the ‘one-plus-one’ cabin is heightened by carbon fibre trim around the centre console.
Jaguar’s InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus infotainment systems are offered with upgraded audio equipment developed together with leading British experts Meridian. InControl Touch and InControl Touch Plus support a range of apps which make it easier than ever for the driver to stay connected.
The Jaguar F-TYPE British Design Edition will be available in Coupé and Convertible body styles. Power comes exclusively from the 380PS/ 460Nm supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, matched to the eight-speed Quickshift transmission all-wheel drive.
9th JAN 16: WHO CARES ABOUT THE WEATHER ? AV8 BREAKFAST MEET
Saturday 9th January 2016 saw our best ever attendance at a breakfast meet. Members all rolled up at the AV8 cafe in Cirencester and despite the weather what a great attendance.
2nd JAN 16: SOUTH EAST BREAKFAST MEET
Saturday 2nd January saw our first 2016 breakfast meet of the new year which took place at "The Toby Carvery" in Badgers Mount, Kent. A great turn for the first of the year in what was very wet weather conditions. Thanks to everyone who came along and made a great start to our year.
14th DEC 2015: JAGUAR UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE CHRISTMAS ‘F-SLEIGH’ DESIGN
To launch their 2016 Collections JLR showcased their latest collection of branded goods in central London. A special ice-sculpture of a Christmas-inspired Jaguar design was exclusively revealed at the London Edition hotel to celebrate the merchandise and luxury goods launch. Codenamed ‘F-SLEIGH’, the Jaguar Christmas sleigh takes inspiration from the Jaguar F-TYPE convertible, but with skates in place of wheels, a generous open luggage compartment for gifts and jet power to generate Jaguar’s renowned supercharged performance through the night sky. A Growler-embossed red nose completes the F-SLEIGH’s Christmas theme.
14th OCTOBER 2015: THE 2016 F-TYPE RANGE
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Coupé range will consist of: F-TYPE Coupé (340PS, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S Coupé (380PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD, RWD manual), F-TYPE R Coupé (550PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD).
The new 2016 model year F-TYPE Convertible range will consist of: F-TYPE (340PS, RWD Quickshift / RWD manual), F-TYPE S (380PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD, RWD manual), F-TYPE R (550PS, Quickshift RWD or AWD).
20th AUGUST 2015: NEW F-TYPEEC BELGIUM REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED
As part of our ever-growing venture to expand our club internationally we have now appointed member Yanick Uytterhaegen as our official Belgium Representative.
His aim will be gather together local F-TYPE enthusiasts and owners and to invite them on events both locally and nationally.
If any F-TYPE owners would like to join Yanick on his meets then please contact him direct via his dedicated BELGIUM page on our website.
11th SEPTEMBER 2015: JAGUAR USA ANNOUNCES 2016 LINE-UP
Since the model’s introduction in 2014, the Jaguar F-TYPE range has expanded from 3 to 6 models in one model year. Jaguar aims to continue this trend by doubling the number of F-TYPE models to 12 in the 2016 model year.
The F-TYPE rear-wheel drive V6 models will now be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox to broaden appeal. The new transmission gets a short-throw pattern along with closely-spaced gear ratios and pedals optimised for heel-and-toe shifting.
The F-TYPE S Coupe and Convertible models gain Jaguar Instinctive All Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics as an option while the F-TYPE R Coupe and Convertible will feature it as standard. The AWD system operates on a torque-on-demand principle, sending 100% of the torque to the rear wheels during normal driving, while the system can send up to 50% of the torque to the front axle if it detects the rear wheels loosing traction.
The 2016 F-TYPE now sports the 770 watt Meridian surround sound audio system, Jaguar Smart Key Keyless entry, SiriusXM Satellite Radio & HD Radio and 14-way power-adjustable seats as standard fitment. The Coupe models add a panoramic glass roof, which is designed to make the cabin airy, while the R Coupe models receive a power-assisted rear hatch as part of standard fitment. The F-TYPE S models will sport a flat-bottomed racing-style steering wheel along with driver-selectable Switchable Active Exhaust and Configurable Dynamic Mode as standard.
8th AUGUST 2015: SUMMER SHOW AND SHINE
What a great day we had at Beaulieu. With beautiful weather and a wonderful family location it was a superb day out once again. Here are some pics of the F-TYPE display at the event. Congratulations go to Natalie-Anne and Terry who won BEST F-TYPE on the day.
F-TYPEs ON DISPLAY AT OUR GROWLER XII EVENT
A very nice array of F-TYPEs turned up at our GROWLER XII event on Saturday 16th May at Warwick Castle. Amongst the many F-TYPEs present was a new 2015 AWD F-TYPE for everyone to see.
Shown below are just some of the photos taken at the show and also our official 2015 Growler XII video. Best F-TYPE award went to F-TypeEC member Gavin Marsh. Well done Gavin.
A big thank you goes out to all those who attended and we look forward to seeing many more F-TYPEs on display at next years GROWLER XIII.
9th JULY 2015: F-TYPE SVR ?
There has been lots of speculation about the prospect of an F-TYPE SVR and it may appear from this picture opposite that something may well be in the pipeline. This particular car was apparently spotted at the Nurburgring and it seems Jaguar could possibly be close to a production reality.
18th JUNE 2015: F-TYPES ON SHOW AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
In a year of exciting new product launches, Jaguar will give debuts to four new cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. Jaguar is a technical partner of the Bloodhound Project and visitors to the famous British motorsport festival this year will see both XJR and F-TYPE R Coupé versions of Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicles take on the Goodwood Hill in spectacular style.
Visitors to the Jaguar Land Rover stand will be able to try out the new Bloodhound SSC driving experience and take part in a live track experience of F-TYPE, accompanied by a pro driver.
The Jaguar RRVs will be joined on the Goodwood Hill by the first production version of the new F-TYPE Project 7, the exciting new 340PS, 3.0-litre Jaguar XE S, and a selection of Jaguar’s most iconic heritage cars including XJ13, Group 44 E-type, Long Nose D-type, TWR XJS and Broadspeed XJ12C.
12 JUNE 2015: F-TYPE PERFORMS CRITICAL PARACHUTE DEPLOYMENT TEST FOR BRITISH WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD
World land speed record holder RAF Wing Commander Andy Green has performed vital high-speed parachute tests as part of Jaguars on-going technical support for this unique engineering adventure: creating a car that can cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
To test this system ahead of the car’s first run, Jaguar fitted it to an F-TYPE R Coupé and ran it on a former military runway to over 180mph before firing the parachute. The test took place at the former RAF base in Bentwaters, Suffolk using an F-TYPE R Coupé with a modified rear window and structural supports through which Bloodhound’s unique teardrop shaped parachute cans were mounted directly to the car’s chassis.
Green released the parachute using a cockpit-mounted button, subjecting the F-TYPE to an instantaneous drag force equivalent to one tonne that dramatically slowed the car before Green brought it to a controlled stop.
The stability of the F-TYPE Coupé and its dynamic ability - it will reach 60mph in just 3.9-seconds with a limited top speed of 186mph - enabled the successful completion of a vital test for the Bloodhound SSC team.
6th JUNE 2015 : INAUGURAL SOUTH EAST BREAKFAST MEET
Our first ever South East Breakfast meet went off very well indeed with a mixture of XKs and F-TYPEs attending. Members enjoyed a full english breakfast with teas/coffees in our own private conservatory at the Grasshopper Inn in Westerham, Kent. We was also blessed with good weather as well.
NINE F-TYPES GOING THROUGH ITALIAN TUNNELS
Thought you might like to see this video of nine V8 F-TYPE R's roaring through some Italian Tunnels. Make sure you turn that volume up!.
PIECHA DESIGNED F-TYPE
German tuning and design company PIECHA (www.Piecha.com) have released a brand new aero styling kit for the F-TYPE convertible and Coupe.
600bhp F-TYPE SVR COULD BE ON ITS WAY?
Recent rumours suggest there could seen be an even more powerful SVR F-TYPE model on its way. The model is said to have over 600 hp and extra goodies such as carbon ceramic brakes, carbon aero kit and active differential. It may also gain the option of all-wheel drive. Now that's going to be worth a look.
F-TYPE model range to increase
Jaguar have announced that the addition of an AWD F-TYPE is just one of a number of performance enhancements to be given to the award-winning model range. Jaguar will be increasing the range from six to 14 derivatives in 2015. The full range was debuted at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Hennessey Performance F-TYPE - Fastest ever ?
November 2014: Performance company Hennessey have produced an upgrade through a new supercharger pulley, ECU remap, HPE induction system & uprated intercooler. They obtained 623hp and 568lb ft as opposed to the 550hp and 502lb ft created from the original model. The test car acheived 0-60 in 3.5 secs, on its way to an 11.57s quarter mile at 123mph.
New AWD F-TYPE Bloodline SCC record bid
November 2014 - In the Hakskeen Pan desert of South Africa, the new AWD F-TYPE R Coupé recently ensured the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record programme. The test marked the start of a new technical partnership between Jaguar and The Bloodhound Project, with the ultimate aim of raising the world land speed record.
F-TypeEC at Beaulieu
9th August 2014: The F-TypeEC joined in the XKEC display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire. F-TypeEC Facebook Group follower Peter Gadsby won the "BEST F-TYPE" award and was awarded it by Chairman Mark Gregory. Well done Peter. This is one event not to be missed in 2015 so place it in your diaries, Saturday 8th August 2015.
F-TYPE wins Auto Express Award
16th July 2014: The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé has been named Best Coupé at the Auto Express New Car Awards. Auto Express Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler said: “The Jaguar F-Type Coupé isn’t just one of the best cars we’ve driven this year, it’s one of the best cars we’ve ever driven. It’s a pulse-raising machine when it’s sitting still. Fire up the engine and the excitement level rises even further. Then take it for a drive and you’ll be in raptures – this is a car that delights every single sense. It’s one of the best British sports cars for a generation.” The award was accepted by Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director Jeremy Hicks at a ceremony at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden, where the F-TYPE Convertible was also commended in the Roadster category.
Project 7 debuts at Le Mans
7th July 2014: F-TYPE Project 7 made its dynamic debut in front of packed crowds during the Le Mans Classic race meeting over the weekend of 4-6 July 2014. In celebration of the Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary – a car which won at Le Mans three times and which inspired Project 7’s genesis – F-TYPE Project 7 completed its demonstration laps throughout the weekend alongside the very first D-type ever built, and with several examples of the all-new F-TYPE R Coupé. On-track, numerous Jaguars were competing throughout the 24 hours of Le Mans Classic, but the highlight was the victory in Grid 3 (for cars from 1957-1961) by the Jaguar-entered D-type driven by Gary Pearson and journalist Chris Harris.
28th June 2014: Whilst attending an event at the Coventry Transport Museum we saw this unique F-TYPE on display in the special Jaguar Heritage Display. It is a 3.0 V6 and was the first ever production line F-TYPE, Chassis No 001, that came off the Castle Bromwich production line. It was presented to Jaguar Heritage at the gallery opening ceremony back on August 1st 2013. Apparently it was driven into the gallery by non other then Ian Callum through a screen where it was then formally handed over to Jaguar Heritage by Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover.
25th June 2014: Jaguar confirms it is to build the F-TYPE Project 7 and will debut it at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. F-TYPE Project 7 will be Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful production model to date. They will produce it in an exclusive run of up to 250 units, hand-built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team. It will be a fully road-legal two-seater roadster but more importantly staying true to the design ethos of the Project 7 concept unveiled in 2013. With 575PS and 680Nm from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine it will reach 60mph in 3.8-sec (0-100 km/h in 3.9-sec). First customer deliveries will begin from mid-2015.
10th June 2014: Members of both the F-TypeEC and XKEC were treated to a tour of the Jaguar Factory at Castle Bromwich on Tuesday 10th June 2014. Members saw some of the last XKs coming off the production line before its demise later this year and also saw new F-TYPEs being built. The event was kindly sponsored bySturgess Jaguar of Leicesterso a big thank you to them for continuing the support of both our clubs.
14th June 2014: Ian Callum at Club meet.
Jaguars Design Director Ian Callum just happened to pop over and see our sister club members at one of their Breakfast Meets on Saturday 14th June 2014. He arrived in a red F-TYPE Coupe and happily took time out to talk with members and have photos done with them as well. Thank you Ian.
8th June 2014: Special F-TYPE at Bromley Pageant
We was very honoured to have a specially wrapped F-TYPE V8 convertible on our club stand at the Bromley Motoring Pageant event on Sunday 8th June 2014. The car as you can imagine brought in lots of attention for the club.
20-22 May 2014: F-TYPE's at Clerkenwell Design Week
Our very own son Jack Gregory recently attended the Clerkenwell Design Week where three F-TYPEs were on display. Jaguar UK was the headline sponsor of the event which featured the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé sports car.
The F-TYPE Coupé is the realisation of a long-held ambition of Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum; the ultimate expression of Jaguar sports car DNA.
One of the F-TYPEs present also featured a unique body exterior wrap.
17th May 2014: F-Type's on display at XKECs GROWLER XI
Three F-TYPEs were recently on display at the XKEC's GROWLER XI event which was held on Saturday 17th May 2014 at Coughton Court in Warwickshire. On display amongst the 180 XKs were a 2014 V6 F-TYPE coupe, a red V8 coupe brought along by Nichola Moore of Sturgess Jaguar of Leicester and an orange convertible.
March 2014: JOSÉ MOURINHO is annouced as first UK customer for new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe
New Jaguar ambassador Jose Mourinho was the first customer in the UK to receive a new F-TYPE coupe in April 2014.
José Mourinho’s new F-TYPE R Coupé was personalised according to the exacting tastes of football’s master tactician. Specification highlights of Mourinho’s F-TYPE R Coupé include Stratus Grey Metallic exterior paint, 20-inch Gyrodyne Black and Diamond Turned Wheels with Red brake calipers, Panoramic Glass Roof and a 12-speaker Meridian Surround Sound System.
Speaking at the handover event, José Mourinho said “I am very proud to now own the new F-TYPE R Coupé. It was an honour to receive this spectacular sports car from the gentlemen responsible for building it and I would like to thank the Jaguar team at Castle Bromwich for producing such a wonderful car.”
June 2013: Lancaster Sidcup F-TYPE launch
The Kent launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE took place back in June 2013 at Lancaster Sidcup. More than 200 guests were present and they were also treated to the first screening of the 10 minute launch film "Desire" starring Golden Globe winner Damien Lewis and specially commissioned by Jaguar and made by Ridley Scott Associates.
Welcome speeches were also given by Ian Barrow, General Manager at Lancaster Sidcup and Matt Dunnakey, Head of Jaguar UK Dealer Marketing.