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August 2, 2023

Jaguar Is Preserving V8 Sounds For Posterity

As Jaguar moves towards the near-silent running of its all-electric modern luxury future from 2025, it has decided to preserve the iconic roar of the Jaguar F-Type V8 for posterity’s sake.

The recordings – made from inside the cabin and from outside the car – capture the F-Type’s supercharged V8’s soundtrack. These will be forever preserved at the British Library where people worldwide—and for all time—get to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion-engine Jaguar sportscar.

Recorded inside the semi-anechoic chamber at the Gaydon Engineering Center—a soundproof room used to develop and test the refinement and sound quality of Jaguar’s vehicles—the F-Type R 75 Coupe performed a number of gear shifts and acceleration sprints, composing the 30- and 47-second tracks.

The V8 engine’s sound will be archived in institutions around the world, capturing a global love for the famous growl.

The selected model, the F-Type R 75 Coupe is a special edition created to mark the final model year of the F-Type and 75 years of Jaguar sportscars. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 develops 575 horsepower and 700Nm of torque and can accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds and on to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 300 km/h.

The 30- and 47-second recordings begin with engine start-up, signified by the instantly recognizable ‘flare’ as the revs rise before settling down to a steady 600 rpm idle, the characteristic eight-cylinder note subtly hinting to the car’s performance potential. From there the run in the chamber simulates a variety of the F-Type’s vocal abilities.

To deliver the optimal playback quality the exterior recordings can be accessed here before going live on the British Library’s website.

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