2013 Jaguar F Type Architecture
Jaguar is famous for their use of aluminum body structures, but the new F-Type uses the most advanced rigid and lightweight aluminum architecture to date. Special AC300, a 6000-series aluminum alloy, was used to deliver 80% CO2 less than a comparable steel structure, while an AC600 aluminum panel alloy was used in order to deliver the desired design language.
This aluminum structure combined with all-aluminum double wishbone front and rear suspensions not only contribute to the lightweight of the vehicle - it comes in at just 3,521 lbs - but it also helps deliver an ideal balance, which enhances the agility demanded of a pure sports car.
Another distinctive feature of the F-Type is its beautiful clamshell hood made using a 1,000-ton press. This process helps deliver both the design and structural integrity needed. The metal was heated to 500°F (260°C) before pressing. As a result, the desired shape and structure are achieved from one large pressing rather than numerous smaller ones, reducing complexity and weight.