You know those beautiful E-Type-inspired twin exhaust tips on the all-new Jaguar F-Type revealed at the Paris motor show last week? They're hand-made in Italy by Unifer, a company that normally specialises in premium motorcycle exhaust systems for the likes of Ducati and other two-wheel exotica.
It's one of those marvellous tidbits of automotive information you won't find in any press kit or information booklet on the all-new Jaguar F-Type sports car.
Jaguar studio design director Wayne Burgess told CarAdvice the story of how engineer Gary Strain was so inspired by the original centrally mounted twin tailpipes of the six-cylinder E-Types (12-cylinder models had four pipes) that he ran off to Europe to find something very special for the F-Type and found it in Italy.
Weeks later, Strain arrived back in the UK and presented the Jaguar F-Type design team with a beautiful leather-bound aluminium suitcase packed with samples of handcrafted exhaust tips from the Italian firm, making an immediate and lasting impression. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Jaguar F-Type is set to arrive in Australian showrooms during the second quarter of 2013.