We’re just days away from the official launch of the eagerly-awaited Jaguar F-Type at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, so the British automaker is pulling out all the stops to get the car noticed.
Yesterday, Jaguar released a video showing glimpses of the F-Type testing at Gaydon in the U.K., Germany’s Nürburgring and the Nardo circuit in Italy. Today, the automaker has released a pair of videos, giving a bit more of a feel for testing at both the ‘Ring and at Nardo.
If you’re looking to fine-tune the handling and the electronic aids of a car, there’s likely no better track in the world than Germany’s Green Hell, the Nürburgring. Over the 14.2 mile length of the Nordschleife course, drivers will encounter every type of corner and elevation change imaginable, often combined with changing weather conditions.
Manufacturers are often criticized for placing too much emphasis on Nürburgring lap times, at the expense of ride comfort on ordinary roads. We seriously doubt that Jaguar will make that mistake; while its been clear that the F-Type will be a dedicated sports car, Jaguar buyers also expect a certain degree of luxury.
Driving the Nürburgring may test a car’s handling, but it won’t necessarily test a car’s endurance at top speed. That’s where the enormous circular track In Nardo, Italy, comes into play; not only can automakers test top speed in relative safety, they can also test the effects of running at high speed, in hot weather, for extended periods of time.
While every car that’s launched on the market today undergoes high speed handling and endurance tests, you get the sense that Jaguar has put more passion into its efforts than less storied brands. There’s a lot riding on the success of the F-Type, which has the potential of creating a new generation of Jaguar enthusiasts.
If what we’ve seen to date is any indication, we’d be surprised if the F-Type didn’t exceed our expectations.