Spectators at the 2019 Wales Rally GB got to see the Jaguar F-Type Convertible Rally Car for the last time.
We have seen this one-off (or one-of-two) Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car before and we remember wishing that the carmaker puts it into limited production or as a serious contender in the WRC. Well, they didn’t and to make matters more painful for us, the convertible has made it final public appearance.
On the penultimate day of the 2019 Wales Rally GB, the rally-prepped sports convertible entertained everyone one last time with Junior Welsh Tarmac Rally Champion Jade Paveley behind the wheel. Utilizing all the 296 horses under its hood, the Jaguar F-Type Convertible rally car gleefully attacked the special tarmac stage of Colwyn Bay populated with hairpins and slalom section.
Jaguar F-Type Vehicle Integration Manager Tanmay Dube confirmed that the Wales Rally event appearance is the last public event for the special rally car.
“It has proven to be a fitting tribute to the legendary Jaguar XK120 rally car ‘NUB 120’ and for it to be driven in public for the last time at Wales Rally GB is the perfect way for the F-TYPE rally car to sign off.”
Paying homage to the Jaguar XK 120 NUB 120 rally machine which is a legend of sorts from the 1950s, the F-Type Convertible rally cars were built to FIA specifications. Celebrating 70 years of Jaguar’s first sports car, the bespoke rally machines also borrowed design cues from the F-Type Chequered Flag Limited Edition.