Feburary 2005 - Jaguar Press Release
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This company has had many ground-breaking moments, the
XK120 was a ground-breaker and of course the E-type and XJ6
saloon in the 1960s helped to change the face of motoring. These
were events in automotive design history that have stood the
test of time and I would like to think that we will look back
on the Advanced Lightweight Coupe as another of those moments
in Jaguars lineage. Joe Greenwell, Chairman
and CEO, Jaguar Cars.
The Advanced Lightweight
Coupe is not just a show car. It is a company personified. Like
the iconic Jaguar XK120s and E-types that preceded it, the Jaguar
Advanced Lightweight Coupe heralds a new generation of stunning
sports coupes and saloons; cars that will remain true to Jaguars
illustrious past but more importantly will see the company leaping
confidently forward into the future.
Created by Jaguars advanced design team
under the watchful eye of renowned Design Director Ian Callum, this
high-performance show car is indicative of more than just the companys
evolving design direction the Advanced Lightweight Coupe
represents the future of Jaguar, as an ambassador for a marque whose
reputation was founded on beautiful and dynamic sports cars.
The Advanced Lightweight Coupe is a physical expression
of Ian Callums direction for the next generation of Jaguar
cars which, like this 2+2 show car, will have purposeful and seductive
exteriors that bring Jaguar design firmly into the 21st century.
And with the lightweight aluminium body architecture technology
that was introduced with the new XJ saloon, in production form the
Advanced Lightweight Coupe would be as dynamic and agile as it is
Design Director Ian Callums vision for the
next generation of Jaguars is clearly expressed in the Advanced
Lightweight Coupe show car. Its exterior lines are beautiful yet
powerful a confident blend of curves highlighted by muscular
detail, resulting in a car that could only be a Jaguar.
I firmly believe that Jaguars should appear
powerful as well as elegant, Callum says. Look back
at the great cars from our past and you will see that they were
as muscular and taut as they were subtle and curvaceous. Thats
what confident Jaguar design is all about.
This belief stems from Callums first sighting
of the original Jaguar XJ6 saloon in the 1960s; an event that he
describes as the moment the penny dropped when it came
to his understanding of car design.
As soon as I saw the XJ6 I realised what
creating a beautiful car was all about, he says. It
was a perfect example of what designers call proportion and stance,
which simply means how a car sits on the road. The XJ6 was so structured
and confident it was like nothing else its wheels appeared
huge, almost out of proportion to its body, and they were visually
right at each corner of the car. It really looked as if it was hunkered
down on the road.
This car takes our coupe design onto another level. It
is muscular without being over the top a naturally honed
athlete. Just like its predecessors, we believe the next generation
of Jaguars should be different from anything else in the marketplace.
We are not trying to copy our rivals because we have our own
path to take. We know what that path is and we are showing the
way. Jaguar Cars Managing Director Bibiana Boerio
Those principles have remained with Callum ever
since and played a pivotal role in the design of his previous Jaguar
show cars, the R-Coupe and R-D6. Now the Advanced Lightweight Coupe
continues that theme, but in an exhilarating sports car that has
the visual agility to match its performance potential. Echoing the
lessons learnt from the XJ6, the show cars distinctive stance
and bold profile give it genuine visual dynamism an effect
that Callum describes as the car appearing to change shape in front
The Advanced Lightweight Coupes distinctive
tapering shape at both the front and rear means there appears to
be no overhang beyond the wheels, giving the car a very exciting
presence and a real sense of power and potency. When that is combined
with beautiful surfaces that run across the entire bodywork you
have the key ingredients for a sports car that gives a concise and
clear statement about the look of future Jaguar models.
Creating a sports show car that conveys the remarkable
heritage of Jaguar with integrity while projecting the marque forward
into the future was not a simple challenge. Ian Callum and his design
team passionately debated how the Advanced Lightweight Coupe would
strike that balance before settling on this stunning design. Every
curve of the bodywork and rise and fall of each surface is deliberate,
concise and calculated. There is no design for designs sake
on the car, no extraneous sculpture or unnecessary surfacing; a
point that Callum believes will separate future Jaguars from other
Nothing is superfluous on this car,
he stresses. If you point at any part of the bodywork it is
there for a specific reason or because it simply cant go any
further in. We have produced a skin that is drawn taut across the
chassis; one that covers the bare essentials underneath and nothing
else thats how a sports car body should be formed.
The car rides on unique 21-inch alloy wheels with
custom-made Pirelli tyres, which sit below wide, flowing haunches.
The rear haunch is of particular note, its prominent shoulder helping
to exaggerate the size of the wheels relative to the body. With
the visual mass of the cabin also drawn back towards the rear haunch
the car appears to be moving forward even when it is standing still.
The grille on the show car is also of prime importance
as an indicator for the look of future Jaguars. As a pure geometrical
form it draws its inspiration from classic Jaguars of the past like
the E-type. Additionally, features such as the polished aluminium
gills reinforce the engineering integrity that is present in all
When Jaguars revered aerodynamicist
Malcolm Sayer created the E-type he didnt sculpt that car,
instead he devised that remarkable shape from pure geometry
it is a series of ellipses, says Giles Taylor, Jaguar Senior
Design Manager. By designing the E-type that way he gave it
a mechanical purity that we wanted to reflect in this cars
face. That meant the grille had to be perfectly symmetrical in both
a horizontal and vertical plane, and by doing that we have made
a focal point from which every line can stream backwards.
We all agreed that our interiors should be clean, simple
and straightforward, There is an honesty about the cars
interior which I really like. Jaguar Design Director
Rising from the radiator grille, a prominent bulge
in the hood runs to the base of the windscreen and invokes a notion
of real power beneath the skin. From there the cabin flows back
in a clean, spontaneous line to the cars rear end which tapers
sharply to a focal point of two, centrally-mounted tailpipes.
The headlights are a departure from the simple
elliptical lenses on current Jaguars. Instead a more contemporary,
angular design gives the Advanced Lightweight Coupe an edgy look
and helps to draw your eye around the corner of the car to the new
chrome gills that sit behind the front wheels. These would aid engine
cooling and also improve aerodynamic flow to the rear.
In keeping with the understated and contemporary
feel of Jaguars previous recent show cars, this cars
interior is restrained yet undeniably luxurious and welcoming. The
task for the interior design team was to produce a cabin that wasnt
over-powering or fussy.
Laid out in a classic 2+2 sports car format, the
cars cabin is more spacious and better packaged than previous
Jaguar coupes, with impressive headroom and multi-directional sports
front seats and individual bucket seats in the rear. The interior
is trimmed throughout in a tan leather which has visible stitching
on the hides that line the doors and the dashboard. Aluminium inserts
are spread throughout the car to act as jewellery that accentuates
the contemporary feel of the cabin. Its focal point is the central
dashboard console that houses an advanced Alpine telematics screen
which provides user-feedback in the form of a pulse
when you touch the on-screen buttons.
The instrument binnacle has been designed to relate
to the shape of the steering wheel and houses a high-resolution
screen between its dials that provides the driver with a secondary
source of infotainment and satellite-navigation information. Behind
the steering wheel sit the gearshift levers that operate an automatic
paddleshift transmission the first time this technology has
appeared on a Jaguar. The paddles are mounted to the wheel itself,
rather than the steering column, to ensure that whatever angle the
wheel is held at, the driver doesnt have to take his concentration
away from the road. Just the kind of touch youd expect in
what is, first and foremost, a drivers car.
What if we let our minds wander for a moment?
What if this show car was a road-going reality? Well, the Jaguar
Advanced Lightweight Coupe would be the most potent 2+2 the company
has ever created. Thanks to a technologically advanced aluminium
architecture which is around 40 percent lighter and 60 percent
stiffer than a standard steel body and renowned V8 powertrain
assembly, the car would be capable of compelling performance, reaching
60mph from standstill in less than five seconds and breaking the
180mph mark at maximum velocity. Yet it is not simply straightline
speed that would make the car so notable. It would also demonstrate
an agility that reaffirms Jaguars commitment to producing
the best-handling sports coupes and saloons in the world.
The companys engineering team is as strong as
it has ever been and this new generation of engineers is all
set to follow in the footsteps of great names from Jaguars
team, with extraordinarily talented people such as Phil Hodgkinson,
Jon Carling, Russ Varney and Mike Cross, will drive Jaguars
product direction. These are the people who will take Ian
Callums designs and ensure that the end products are
as desirable as the concept cars that precede them.
Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO, Jaguar Cars.
The engineering excellence that abounds at Jaguar
is reflected in this cars impressive technical specification.
An aluminium chassis similar to that used in the new XJ saloon is
constructed using many of the same advanced technologies. It is
not just lightweight but also incredibly strong and stiff, which
is of immense benefit to a cars handling and ride as well
as fuel economy and exhaust emissions. The lighter body also means
responsiveness is improved whether you are talking in terms of steering
feel, traction or power delivery. Jaguars V8 engines are admired
as much for their impressive low-down torque as their peak power
outputs and with a lighter aluminium body to propel, that torque
is even more noticeable.
The next generation of Jaguars will be remarkable
drivers cars, says Phil Hodgkinson, Director, Product
Engineering. Whether you want to relax behind the wheel on
a long journey or head out simply for the pleasure of driving there
will be no need to compromise. Our cars will be the perfect blend
of performance and luxury.
Jaguars array of intuitive technologies
features that make life easier for the driver, not more complicated
also sit easily with the Advanced Lightweight Coupe ethos.
Dynamic aids such as Computer Active Technology Suspension work
in conjunction with safety systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control
and the Active Restraint Technology System all features that
Jaguar already has on its production cars.
And like Jaguars XJ and S-TYPE saloons,
this car has an adjustable pedal box to ensure that drivers are
seated in optimum comfort. As with all Jaguars technologies
these systems operate discreetly, without intruding on the unparalleled
Jaguar driving experience they are there when you need them
but never impose themselves.
In summary, the Advanced Lightweight Coupe is
a beautiful, fast Jaguar that is true to the brands past and
heralds an exciting future. It combines the talents of Ian Callum
and his design team with brilliant engineering expertise
a combination that will ensure every upcoming Jaguar model delivers
both dynamically and visually.
This car is as clear a statement on the
strength and confidence of the company as we could possibly make,
concludes Joe Greenwell, Chairman and CEO, Jaguar Cars. Its
design is assertive and pure a perfect symbol for our 21st
century cars and beneath that beautiful body lies the heart
and soul of a true Jaguar sports car.
The Advanced Lightweight Coupe marks a return
to the core values of Jaguar, says Bibiana Boerio, Managing
Director, Jaguar Cars. There is a determination in every department
of this company to produce a new range of cars that provides the
total Jaguar experience and this car is the first evidence of that
Aspirational and exclusive, with contemporary
design and stunning performance, the Advanced Lightweight Coupe
is conceived as a special car for special people. It represents
the unique position that Jaguar holds in the market place
and even more it tells the world that we are set to make another
bold leap forward. For Jaguar, the future begins now.
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