FAST RESPONSE STEERING RACK
The F-TYPE’s quick, responsive steering is designed to provide a direct connection between the driver’s hands and the contact point of the tyres on the road.
The steering rack delivers a precise reaction to driver input and the feeling of connection is maximized by the use of aluminium alloy for the front subframe. This not only reduces weight but, in conjunction with F-TYPE’s forged alloy suspension, also creates an immensely strong structure for precise feedback and control.
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
DOUBLE WISHBONE SUSPENSION
F-TYPE’s aluminium body creates an immensely stable platform from which the all-round forged aluminium double wishbone suspension can control the car. With the damping set-up optimised for the best partnership between dynamics and refinement, it gives the perfect combination of control, agility and feedback.
On F-TYPE S and F-TYPE V8 S models, Adaptive Damping assesses body motion and pitch rates 100 times per second, and adjusts the settings for each damper accordingly. The system improves control, handling and agility as well as the ability to rapidly detect and react to critical driving conditions and driver demands. It achieves this with a series of sensors that are placed around the car to monitor the body’s vertical movement, pitch and roll rates. The steering wheel position is measured 500 times a second enabling the system to predict the body’s roll rate. The stiffness of each individual damper is then adjusted to help maintain control, stability and agility.
LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
F-TYPE S features a Limited Slip Differential for improved traction and agility during acceleration out of corners and on slippery surfaces. It also enables the car to make better use of the available traction before the DSC system needs to intervene, and results in more refined stability control during dynamic driving.
ELECTRONIC ACTIVE DIFFERENTIAL
An Electronic Active Differential provides F-TYPE V8 S with the ultimate in agility and control. Working in conjunction with the stability, traction and ABS systems, the Electronic Active Differential uses an electric motor acting on a multi-plate clutch to manage the delivery of torque to each of the rear wheels. Full electronic control of the rear differential lock enables the system to apply full locking torque almost instantaneously. The Electronic Active Differential allows for very fine control of the power delivery to limit wheelspin, maximise traction and offer even greater levels of control.
Aerodynamic performance is the essence of the F-TYPE’s design and is seamlessly integrated into the body styling, ensuring low levels of lift and excellent stability at high speed.
A front splitter beneath the grille and rear venturi manages airflow along the vehicle’s underside with the sharply defined tail helping air to separate cleanly at lower speeds.
All models feature a deployable rear spoiler which automatically rises at speeds in excess of 100km/h to generate up to 120kg of downforce for improved stability.
Even the door handles retract when not required, with their flush design creating an uninterrupted airflow along the flanks.
Standard on F-TYPE S and optional on F-TYPE, the system features active bypass valves which open during performance driving to allow exhaust gases to exit more directly for a deep, dramatic sound.
SWITCHABLE ACTIVE EXHAUSTThe F-TYPE V8 S has a Switchable Active Exhaust that allows manual control of the system, for even greater driver involvement.
Three braking systems are available, each engineered to deliver confident, progressive feel and sustained, consistent high performance. Each system features large, ventilated brake discs - up to 380mm in diameter on the High Performance and Super Performance systems. This large ‘swept area’ improves braking force as well as providing greater capacity for the discs to absorb and dissipate the heat energy generated during braking.
Brake cooling is also enhanced with additional suspension scoops and ducts. This channels cooling air directly to the brakes, reducing fade, and helping sustain their performance during extended periods of dynamic driving.
Jaguar Performance Braking System F-TYPE:
355mm front and 326mm rear discs with standard silver calipers.
Jaguar High Performance Braking System F-TYPE S:
380mm front and 326mm rear discs with standard red calipers (available with optional black calipers).
Jaguar Super Performance Braking System F-TYPE V8 S:
380mm front and 380mm rear discs with standard red calipers (available with optional black calipers).
Adaptive Dynamics analyses how the car is being driven by measuring acceleration and braking, cornering, throttle and brake pedal activity, as well as road load and kick down activation. It then uses sophisticated adaptive software to ensure that the most appropriate gearshift strategy is automatically selected.
For even more responsive performance, the selection of Sport Mode alters the gearshift programme to deliver shorter shifts and hold ratios at higher revs for longer.
Dynamic mode remaps the car’s software to enhance the F-TYPE’s sporting character. It sharpens the throttle response, increases steering weight and performs gear shifts more quickly and at higher engine speeds. It also prevents automatic upshifts when the gearbox is used in manual mode.
The optional Configurable Dynamics system allows the driver to define which characteristics are altered when Dynamic Mode is selected. This option also features the Dynamic-i display system, which shows performance indices such as G-meter, lap time, throttle, steering and brake inputs and yaw angles on the 8 inch Touch-screen.