Lotus doesn’t just make its own cars, its also an engineering firm. Lotus’ hands have given the Delorean its only redeeming quality (the handling), and even turned a Lada Riva into a track-ready racer for the guys at Top Gear. So it’s no surprise that Lotus would give its fellow countrymen at Jaguar the occasional turn of the wrench.
It’s now being reported that Jaguar is using Lotus’ resources in the development of the XE roadster. “They’re sending data to Lotus Engineering on Jaguar’s behalf,” said a well-placed source.
Jaguar is looking to use an aluminum chassis on the future XE. While Jaguar is familiar with using the lightweight alloy on the XJ, Lotus has become an expert at it (including giving Aston Martin a hand with the Vanquish). This would also not be the first time the two companies have teamed up. Lotus was onboard last summer to help create the super sharp, U.K.-only Jaguar XKR-S.
Last week the rumors of a future Jaguar supercar caught us by so much suprise, we had to use pics from a 2001 concept to come close to a vision of the car. Now AutoExpress has taken the modern look of Jaguar and applied it to the mid-engined coupe specs that are rumored to be on the Audi R8 fighter.
The new model should be called the XE and will be built on an all-new aluminum chassis. The car utilize the newly enlarged 5.0-liter V8 engine, which makes at least 510 hp in supercharged form (same one from the XFR). This car could have the ability to make the 0 to 60 sprint in less than four seconds. Also if Jag wants to do a little minor engine tweaking, it may be able to get the same 225 mph speed out of this super-sleek cat as it did with the XFR at Bonneville.
Rumors about a 911 competitor from Jaguar have been circulating for quite a while now. Well, Jaguar is now one step closer when it trademarked the C-XE and C-XJ names. The C-XJ is the name of the concept version of the future generation XJ sedan. The C-XE should be the name of the a concept of a two-seat sports car called XE that is set to be revealed in 2012.
Jaguar may be looking to go further into the sports car market now that Ford is no longer in the picture. As a part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, Jaguar was stopped from making certain sports cars so it would not cannibalize sales from Aston Martin. Now that Jaguar is owned by Tata, it has no performance ceiling.
Is not the first time your hear about a production version of the Jaguar F-Type Concept. But now, thanks to AutoCar, we can reveal the name of the production version: XE, a two-seat, £40k sports car that is currently in the design and planning stages and will be developed for a 2012 launch.
The future sportscar, codenamed Project X700 will be built on either XF or the XK platform and will be a serious competition for the Porsche 911.
More about the Jaguar F-Type Concept.