Published on December 2nd, 2019 | by Jerry Doby0
New Jaguar F-Type Makes World Premiere With A Little Help From Hot Wheels®
The new Jaguar F-TYPE has completed its journey from sketchpad to showroom with a unique tour – in Hot Wheels® model form – of the Jaguar Design Studio.
The 1:64 scale sports car model, complete with perfectly recreated black and white camouflage wrap, navigated 25 loop-the-loops, three gravity-defying jumps and 44 corners along the 232-metre long Hot Wheels orange track laid out around the studio.
On the way, it raced from a design review of original sketches, past digital renderings, colour and materials samples and a clay model, revealing the details of new F-TYPE’s purposeful, beautiful and timeless design before coming to rest beside the real thing.
Julian Thomson, Design Director, Jaguar, said: “As a designer and huge car enthusiast, Hot Wheels models have been a part of my life since childhood. They capture the imagination, make owning the car of your dreams a reality, and give you the first opportunity to actually ‘drive’ a car. We are used to creating models in clay but seeing such a finely-detailed 1:64-scale model of the new F-TYPE race around the studio, showcasing every stage in our design process, was a truly unique experience.”
Working in close collaboration, designers from Jaguar and Hot Wheels used the CAD data of the real car to craft the precise 3D-printed model, recreating every beautiful detail of the new F-TYPE, including its striking new clamshell bonnet, distinctive super-slim Pixel LED headlights and more sculpted front and rear bumpers.
Where the model relied purely on gravity to accelerate it up to speed, the new Jaguar F-TYPE is available with a range of powerful and efficient engines: a 300PS turbocharged four-cylinder, 380PS supercharged V6, and 450PS and 575PS supercharged V8s. The latter is exclusive to the new F-TYPE R and, combined with all-wheel drive, delivers truly extraordinary performance in all gears and in all conditions. Launching from 0-60mph takes just 3.5 seconds.
The tiny F-TYPE reached scale speeds of up to 300mph along the custom-built track which was designed and developed with the guidance of Official Hot Wheels master track designer Paul Schmid.
The Jaguar F-TYPE is now available to order at www.jaguar.com and priced from £54,060 in the UK.