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Wide Open Throttle sits down with Ian Callum

Getting into the mind of the current Jaguar Designer

Toni Avery
May 2, 2013

On the most recent Motor Trend's Wide Open Throttle video, Angus MacKenzie, Johnny Lieberman, Ed Loh, and Kim Reynolds sat down with current Jaguar Designer Ian Callum to discuss all things F-Type.

To get the opportunity to pick the brain of such a talented and celebrated designer as Ian Callum is a rare opportunity, and one I have to mention was lucky enough to have.

Throughout the video each of the interviewers at the table came to Ian with a flood of questions about his newest and particularly beautiful creation.

Although I could go on for pages on the most interesting points mentioned in the video, for fairness and space's sake I will only mention a few. First was 'why did it take so long to build the F-Type?' Ian's reply was simple. It was due the fact that when he entered Jaguar he had a lot of reinventing to do, and that takes time. The F-Type was a result of the company's reinvention.

When speaking to the famous and well-respected lineage that came before the F-Type, Ian simply said that the older models (C, D, E-Type) are of course important but they (Jaguar) are not beholden to them. If you create a car properly the lineage will come through.

Kim Reynolds brought up the differences between the 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder models during his testing of the cars. He thought the way the V6 models stuck to the road and turned in for corners was impressive, while the V8 was heavier and more of a muscle car. Yet he felt the 8's power was tremendous. Also the incredible crackle that emanates from the exhaust was complimented from everyone present. Ian mentioned that the sound, although calculated, is the noise they wanted to come from the exhaust. And who wouldn't?

But seriously, if you want some serious insight into the mind of the man responsible for the incredible good looks of the Jaguar F-Type, watch the video.

By Toni Avery
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