Your eyes are not deceiving you, this is a convertible Jaguar F-Type rally car.
Jaguar's surprised us with this, to be sure. As they continue to celebrate their 70th, Jag has created two one-off rally cars as a homage to their XK 120, their entry to the world of rally way back in the late 1940's and through the 50's.
The tribute rally cars are based on the F-Type Convertible Chequered Flag Limited Edition, sporting a 296hp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. That's not all though, obviously. The Jaguar Design and Engineering in-house team got hold of the donor vehicles and added stronger brakes, uprated suspension, and a protective roll cage to meet FIA specification.
They also installed hood-mounted auxiliary lights, six-point harness racing seats, and a fire extinguisher. The standard glossy black alloys have been replaced with motorsport-spec wheels wrapped in gravel-ready tyres, and they've implemented a limited-slip differential for optimal power delivery too. Riding 40mm higher than the stock donor car lowers the risk of damage to the underbody.
Although the vehicles won’t actually take part in rallying, Jaguar has said the two rally cars have been evaluated at the Walters Arena rally stage in South Wales with a tour of various series events on the cards over the following months.
Grab a helmet, you'll probably need it!