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Old 08-26-2005, 03:58 PM   #1
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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The 2007 Jaguar XK's grille is inspired by the 1961 Jaguar E-Type.



Check this link for the new aluminum Jaguar XK

New aluminum Jaguar XK

I hope someone enters this new XK in sports car racing. X150 is the code name for the new XK.

Thanks to the new vehicle's all-aluminum construction, Jaguar claims an 31% increase in bodyshell stiffness over the previous generation steel-bodied XK. It is also lighter than its predecessor at 3671 lbs.

The new aluminum XK has a more blunt front bumper in order to comply with new european pedestrian safety regulations.

Here is an excerpt from a motorsportscenter.com interview with Henrik Fisker, Aston Martin's Director of Design from 2001 until December of last year.

MotorSportsCenter: Does the V8 Vantage adhere to the new European safety law regarding pedestrians?

Henrik Fisker: The Vantage actually comes out before that law takes effect. Just to give a comment on that - and this is just purely my opinion, not reflecting on Ford Motor Company - but there is a problem today, in my opinion, where you have too many government officials that don't understand the car industry but are making up laws, with good intent, but they end up really lingering the progress of even safety. You are only looking at one aspect; when you force only one aspect on a car, like pedestrian safety, you force the company to spend all their time and resources on that aspect, where if you look at it in a more holistic way - like, for instance, what Volvo has done for years; they have always had an eye on safety. Where does it make the most sense to improve safety? Volvo is the one that came out with a lot of [safety improvements] first, not from government regulations at all. That would be, for me, the better way to do it.

This pedestrian safety restriction, I think, is a waste of opportunity. And it's going to cost a lot of money, and it is money that will be paid for, in the end, by the consumers.

I think there are more innovative ways to deal with [safety]. Maybe some of that will come out; there will be some adjustment - that's my prediction. Unfortunately, we will spend a lot of money in the next few years, but then somebody will realize that maybe that was not the bet ideas, and then there will be some new ideas coming up.

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Old 08-26-2005, 11:58 PM   #3
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From top to bottom

D-Type, XJ13, E-Type, 2005 XK8, and 2007 XK










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Old 08-27-2005, 03:23 AM   #4
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check the link for a video

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Old 08-30-2005, 01:30 AM   #5
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Smile Re: 2007 XK series

I'm still having trouble with the front of this car.. Is it just me or does the shape of the air intake grill look a bit too much like a Ford Taurus? I wonder if this was an Ian Callum design or if he was strong armed by Ford executives to give the car a glimpse of corporate identity. It’s a subtle thing but it looks like it was deliberate to me.
Anyway, I've always wanted a car with a push button starter so that's reason enough to own one..
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Old 08-30-2005, 10:31 PM   #6
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The new XK has to comply with new European pedestrian safety regulations.

In short, politicians and others think that auto makers should compensate for poor drivers and pedestrians. Europe has a lot of pedestrian deaths and injuries in car accidents relative to the U.S.

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Old 08-30-2005, 10:36 PM   #7
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The new XK will spread costs due to the fact that it shares the new XJ's aluminum chassis.
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I wouldn't be suprised if the new XK looks better in person. The new XKR will have a mesh grille like the current one, but more blunt in order to comply with the new regulations.

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The new XK will get Europe's first application of a pop-up hood system designed to meet new pedestrian safety rules.
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The new XK's 4.2 liter 300 hp V-8 has a new intake, exhaust, engine management system, and a broader torque curve.

Low-pressure areas behind the front wheels help draw air through the side vents.
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The following information is from autoweek.com:

In development testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, Mike Cross, Jaguar's Chief Engineer of vehicle dynamics, has already turned laps with the naturally aspirated car within four seconds of the eight-minute, 36-second lap times posted by the supercharged XKR, which makes nearly 100 hp more.

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The new aluminum XK could be a great race car with the right team and drivers.
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Several different wheels are available for the current XK8 and XKR (like BBS wheels) so I would imagine several different wheels will be available for the new aluminum XK and XKR.














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press release on the new aluminum XK

- Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet is a world first

- System operates in less time than it takes to blink

- Advanced Sensing system can distinguish between different impacts

- Over 120 man years dedicated to system development

- Bonnet is raised in around 30 milliseconds using forces up to 50 times the force of gravity

Within the 'blink of an eye' In the unfortunate event of a pedestrian impact, the deployable bonnet on the new XK automatically 'pops' up a few inches, to create a cushioning effect between the engine and the bonnet. This helps to isolate the pedestrian from hard points in the engine compartment - and takes place in less than a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers to meet Phase One [there is a more strict phase coming in 2010] of new European safety legislation using an active deployable bonnet system. The new standards are designed to help mitigate the severity of injuries to pedestrians in the event of a collision with a car.

Legislation in the European market requires manufacturers to commit to a two-phase introduction of a range of active and passive safety improvements on all new cars to improve the protection of pedestrians in case of accident.

"The Jaguar design team embraced the idea of using a deployable bonnet when it was first considered during early concept discussions on the new XK. This clever feature saves between 50 and 65mm in height off the bonnet surface and a similar amount off the roofline, allowing the design team to maintain a very low, sleek Jaguar sports car profile on the new XK." said Ian Callum, Jaguar Cars Design Director.

The Pyrotechnic Pedestrian Deployable Bonnet provides an innovative solution to these legislative requirements whilst ensuring that the sleek lines that customers expect from Jaguar sports cars can be retained. The active system fitted to the all-new XK is complemented by a passive bumper system, the design of which helps to mitigate leg injury through the use of crushable foam and plastic covering. An advanced sensing system is mounted in the front bumper to help discriminate between a pedestrian collision and any other possible front-end collisions. The speed of the sensing time in the system is around one tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye.

The complex system has been extensively researched across wide-ranging scenarios, using 120 man-years and thousands of computer simulations, as well as tested in practice at Jaguar’s Engineering Centre at Whitley in Coventry, England. While all pedestrian impact research has been carried out using virtual tools, analysis of previous 'real world' incidents has played an important part in the development process.

One of the impressive points about the new XK's pyrotechnic deployable bonnet system is that it can lift the bonnet (which weighs 18kg) in around 30 milliseconds, which requires an acceleration rate of about 50 times the force of gravity (50g).

Physical research carried out by the Jaguar development team has included investigation of various impacts including inanimate objects such as motorway cones. This is a vital part of the process to allow the system to differentiate a person from other impacts that can be experienced in day-to-day driving.

The pyrotechnic pedestrian deployable bonnet system normally operates at vehicle speeds where it provides the most benefit and is automatically disabled outside of this speed range. The system is completely separate from any other crash protection system on the vehicle, including airbags.






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