Unmistakeable Jaguar F-TYPE V8 Sound Preserved in British Library​​

A backlit rear view of the Jaguar F-TYPE being recorded

As Jaguar looks ahead to a future of all-electric vehicles, the “distinctive notes of the Jaguar F-TYPE V8” have been recorded and submitted to the archive alongside other culturally significant sounds such as the first street recordings of cars.

The noise was recorded in Jaguar’s sound chamber at the Gaydon Engineering Centre, which is a purpose-built facility and the very same place that the F-TYPE’s exhaust note was initially developed. The use of the facility for the recording was to give the most immersive playback experience of the F-TYPE R 75’s 575PS 5.0-litre V8 engine. The model used, a Ligurian satin black R 75 Coupe, created a 30 second track and a 47 second track which captured gear changes and acceleration sprints.

Charles Richardson, Senior Sound Engineer at Jaguar commented: “The F-TYPE’s supercharged V8 makes a unique sound because of the meticulous optimisation work we applied to the entire powertrain, most of all to the intake and exhaust systems – more than 85 iterations before we first launched the car, and developed continuously ever since…The culmination of that work – the sounds you experience driving the F-TYPE R 75 – is something we want to be available for generations to come. Archiving it with the British Library allows us to do that, and that’s something we’re very proud of.”

The V8 engine’s sounds will now be archived in different institutions around the world and be available for generations to come to understand what this famous growl sounds like.

Cheryl Tipp, The British Library’s Curator of Wildlife and Environmental Sounds added, “We’re delighted to be able to preserve recordings of the F-TYPE V8 engine for Jaguar enthusiasts and listeners around the world. As production of this engine comes to a close, this unique noise takes its place in the nation’s archive alongside other sounds that can no longer be heard today.”

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