26 July 2023

As Jaguar moves towards the near‑silent running of its all‑electric modern luxury future from 2025, it has today shared sound recordings of its iconic Jaguar F‑TYPE V8 sports car with the British Library to be archived for all time.

  • Celebration: As Jaguar prepares for an all‑electric car future, the distinctive notes of the Jaguar F‑TYPE V8 have been recorded for future generations to appreciate  

  • Future proofing: Preserving F‑TYPE’s unmistakable noise will be submitted to the archives alongside other culturally significant entries such as the first street recordings of cars, ensuring it will be available for people to enjoy for generations to come 

  • Supercharged sound: Jaguar engineers chose the most immersive possible playback experience of the F‑TYPE R 75’s 575PS 5.0‑litre V8 as a fitting example  

  • Source material: The recordings were created in Jaguar’s purpose‑built sound chamber at the Gaydon Engineering Centre – the same place that F‑TYPE’s exhaust note was originally developed  

  • On the record: The recordings will be catalogued in the British Library archives from Autumn 2023 listen to it now below (headphones recommended). Configure your F‑TYPE at 

30s F-TYPE V8 Engine Sound

The recordings – made from inside the cabin and from outside the car – capture F‑TYPE’s unmistakeable, supercharged V8 soundtrack. By sharing these with the British Library, Jaguar has enabled people worldwide – and for all time – to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion‑engine Jaguar sports car.  

Recorded inside the semi‑anechoic chamber at the Gaydon Engineering Centre – a soundproof room used to develop and test the refinement and sound quality of Jaguar’s vehicles – where F‑TYPE’s exhaust note was originally tuned, the Ligurian satin black R 75 Coupé performed a number of gear shifts and acceleration sprints, composing the 30 and 47 second tracks 

F-TYPE Bonnet Wide

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.

Charles Richardson
Senior Sound Engineer, Jaguar

The V8 engine’s sound will be archived in institutions around the world, capturing a global love for the famous growl. 

Selected for the recording was a 2024 Model Year F‑TYPE R 75 Coupé, a special edition created to mark the final model year of F‑TYPE and 75 years of Jaguar sports cars. Offered exclusively with all‑wheel drive, its 5.0‑litre supercharged V8 develops 575PS and 700Nm of torque and can accelerate the car from 0‑60mph in just 3.5 seconds and on to an electronically‑limited maximum speed of 186mph.  

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

Cheryl Tipp
the British Library’s Curator of Wildlife & Environmental Sounds

The 30 and 47 second recordings begin with engine start‑up, signified by the instantly recognisable ‘flare’ as the revs rise before settling down to a steady 600rpm idle, the characteristic eight cylinder note subtly hinting to the car’s performance potential. From there the run in the chamber simulates a variety of the F‑TYPE's vocal abilities.  

Each time the F‑TYPE accelerates, the valves in the exhaust system open to alter the exhaust gas routing and this releases the signature roar that is particular to the F‑TYPE driving experience.  

Listeners will hear the crisp upshifts and downshifts through the 8‑speed Quickshift transmission, and the distinctive, hallmark crackles and pops on the overrun from its quad tailpipes, which are a key element of F‑TYPE’s visceral, driver‑focused character.  

To deliver the optimal playback quality the exterior recordings can be accessed on the Jaguar media site before going live on the British Library’s website.   

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Notes to Editors

Editors’ notes   

Vehicle details shown are from the Jaguar global range. Specifications, options and availability may vary between markets and this release should therefore be amended and tailored as appropriate.  

Please note: There is a global shortage of semi‑conductor components. As a leading manufacturer utilising cutting‑edge technology, Jaguar is currently being affected by the shortage and as a result some features described will only be available in certain markets. We are working closely with affected suppliers to resolve the issues and minimise the impact on customer orders wherever possible.   

Important notice  
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About Jaguar  
Jaguar has made dramatically beautiful luxury cars since 1935, driven by its passion to make life more extraordinary for its customers. Today's world‑class Jaguar model range comprises the XE and XF saloons and XF Sportbrake, F‑TYPE sports car, F‑PACE performance SUV, E‑PACE compact performance SUV and all‑electric performance SUV, the I‑PACE. From 2025 Jaguar will become a pure electric modern luxury brand with a dramatically beautiful new portfolio of emotionally engaging designs and pioneering next‑generation technologies. The journey towards electrification is already under way with a range of mild and plug‑in hybrid and full electric models available today.