Jaguar F-Type rally convertibles unveiled

'One-off' models celebrate the 70th anniversary of the XK120 sports car.
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Jaguar has modified a pair of F-Type convertibles for rallying, as it looks to celebrate the XK120's rally exploits during the 1950s.

The rally-ready F-Type convertibles have new front and rear grooved brakes with four-piston calipers, hand-built competition dampers with three-way adjustment, a limited-slip differential, and a hydraulic hand brake for those hairpin bends.

As you can probably see from the pictures, it'll happily emulate the leaping cat stuck on its rear three-quarter panel.

The cars also ride motorsport-specification wheels and tyres, and softer springs ready to withstand all the abuse dished about by those rough, unpaved rally roads.

Other changes include a stripped-back interior, roll cage, racing seats with six-point harnesses, an in-cabin fire extinguisher, and a light pod mounted on the bonnet.

The rear-wheel drive F-Type rally cars are powered by the company's 220kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.

For their unveiling, the F-Type rally cars were put through their paces at the Walters Arena rally stage in Wales.

Although the cars are said to be built to FIA specification, Autocar reports they have not been homologated due to time and cost restraints. That means we won't see them in competition, which is a shame – imagine seeing a drop-top F-Type going head-to-head with the Ford Fiesta, Citroen C4 and Volkswagen Polo in the WRC.

Instead, the vehicles "will now attend a series of Jaguar events over the next few months".