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Jaguar J-Type rendering by Drive.com.au Photo: Drive.com.au
 
 
Alex Rae | Sep, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Jaguar is reportedly working on a mid-engine electric supercar to take on the Audi R8 and McLaren 570S.

According to UK publication, Autoexpress, the British car maker has begun work on a mid-engine platform which will house an electrified V6 engine, benchmarked against what it considers one of the best of the segment the Honda NSX.

The outlet reports ‘high-ranking’ engineers claiming the Porsche Taycan is also under the microscope for the planned F-Type replacement and the car could use a similar concentric permanent magnet synchronous motor system as the brand’s latest I-Pace SUV, where two electric motors are burrowed within the front and rear axles. The system is unique to Jaguar.

Rendering by Drive.com.au

The use of a battery and electric motor system would allow a completely new styling direction with a cab-forward layout that’s also adopted by the new I-Pace.

Compared to the F-Type’s distinctive long nose which pays homage to the iconic E-Type the new model would be drastically different in layout to the current front-engined vehicle.

Autoexpress says the new model is due around 2022 and the F-Type replacement could be called the J-Type, owing to the fact that Jaguar trademarked the name last month. If so it would be a considerable leap in character from the current model.

The news isn’t completely surprising though, with US publication Road&Track reporting almost two years ago that the model’s designer, Ian Callum, said he had already penned a mid-mount F-Type as a concept and it was a direction the brand was interested in moving towards.

"I think we’ve got more permission to break the mold," he told the publication.

"Our F-Type, before the one that became the production car, the previous design concept was mid-engine. It never happened. It would have been very different. But I think we’ve got permission to do that, because we’re a sports car company."

"We’ve had a discussion – will the next F-Type be mid-engine or front-engine? We’ve had that discussion. We haven’t decided yet."

But the F-Type’s current V6 that was reported to be used in the hybrid-electric machine will not be available as supply from Ford dries up. Instead the leaping cat will use its own modular Ingenium engine line-up to source a six- and possibly a four-cylinder petrol motor as it has done with the latest F-Type. A fully-electric and hybrid mode line-up are also likely that will produce an output of over 400kW of power and 600Nm.

The ‘J-Type’ model - if it materialises - will follow the brand’s only other mid-engine production car, the XJ220, though it has dabbled over the years with the McLaren P1-rivalling C-X75 concept and 1960s prototype XJ13.

 
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