The next Jaguar F-Type will have to raise its game to stand out amid a flood of challengers that has arguably made the current F-Type tough to pick out in a crowded marketplace. The solution could be going the C8 Chevrolet Corvette route and adopting a midengine layout, last previewed by the Jaguar C-X75 concept, Autocar reports.
The C-X75 debuted at the 2010 Paris auto show and was co-developed with Williams F1. The concept featured an exotic powertrain: two diesel-fueled gas turbines produced electrical power for four motors, one for each wheel, producing a combined 778 hp. The technology was too fanciful for production, which is why we haven't seen a production Jaguar with anything like this sitting midships or elsewhere in the car, especially drinking diesel fuel. If anything, the automaker has decided to embrace battery-electric tech in the meantime, fielding the I-Pace crossover. But the design and layout of the C-X75 concept are still modern and compelling, prompting Jaguar to take another look at the basic ingredients in deciding what route to take with the next F-Type.
“We could get quite close" to the C-X75 concept, Callum told Autocar. “There’s still a formula within Jaguar for a front-mid-engined car. I have a preference for mid-engined cars. It’s certainly something I would like to see."
“For an electric sports car, you could make a shape like [the C-X75 concept] with the batteries in a T or H-shape through the middle," Callum added.