Jaguar Land Rover is a world leader in automotive aluminium body construction. The benefits include weight savings, improved fuel efficiency, lower emissions, increased crash safety and even better vehicle dynamics. The use of aluminium continues to grow – from the all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport to the exciting new Jaguar F-PACE, as well as the F-TYPE, XE, XF and XJ.
Initially, by introducing aluminium body structures to the Jaguar line, the weight of cars was reduced by around 40%, using aluminium stamped panels, castings and extrusions. The same principles are now being applied to the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models – with weight savings on both cars in excess of 400kg.
LESS IS MORE
The aluminium sheets used to form body panels are made of recycled material, reducing emissions and increasing efficiency. But Jaguar Land Rover has its sights set on more than just body panels, it’s looking to increase the percentage of aluminium used in their cars to 75% when feasible. Research has indicated that the addition of high-quality, post-consumer waste aluminium, such as drink cans, could help Jaguar Land Rover to achieve the goal of 75 per cent recycled aluminium in body structures by 2020.
Saying material is recycled is one thing but Jaguar Land Rover employs a system called REAL CAR, designed to ensure scrap aluminium from the stamping process is directly returned to the supplier for future use. This minimises waste and promotes a closer rapport between supplier and manufacturer. In the course of a year, Jaguar Land Rover recycled 30,000 tonnes of aluminium sheet using this closed loop system.
Jaguar is also developing an all-new advanced aluminium monocoque vehicle architecture, on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will be built. High-strength, lightweight and extremely stiff, the modular and scalable architecture will enable flexible high-volume production without compromising the unique character, performance and luxury that Jaguar is famous for.