Jaguar does not fall behind in introducing innovations to improve the design and development of cars. Its recent models are made with new technologies and advanced materials that keep them true to the luxury and sports car essence of a Jaguar. At the same time, these innovations bring the brand to a higher and more competitive status.
Aluminum: Light and easy
Jaguar is recognized as one of the first companies to use aluminum on the frames of its cars with the 1948 XK 120 sports car as opposed to heavier steel. The featherlike, yet tough, material makes it very ideal for racing applications especially since lap times and top speeds can be affected by the car's weight. Recent models of the XE, XF, XK and XJ have all-aluminum chasis which makes these lighter and tougher than ever.
Aluminum is also one of the ways for Jaguar to care for the environment. Even if recycled, the quality of new versus recycled aluminum does not differ, making reused ones suitable to put back on the production line. This can be seen on the 2010 XJ's, where 50% of the chasis is made of recycled aluminum. Not only does it make the car environmentally friendly, it also gives it less bodyweight, and better fuel economy.
KERS: Efficient and powerful
The Kinetic energy regeneration system (KERS) slowly makes its way to production Jaguar models. This technology was first developed for Formula One racing teams like Ferrari and McLaren to produce more speed and power for their cars. The system works by storing kinetic energy, due to slowing down to the flywheel, and releasing it for use during acceleration. The system as a whole is a way to add more power to the engine without using more fuel.
Even though the technology is still being tested on concept cars, Jaguar believes the system can be developed for regular production cars. One of the models that feature the KERS is the F-type to be released in 2013.