Unmistakable Jaguar V8 sound preserved for future generations in British Library

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. The recordings - made using a Jaguar F-Type R 75's 5.0-litre V8 - will be catalogued in the British Library archives.

Jul 26, 2023

As Jaguar moves towards the near-silent running of its all-electric modern luxury future from 2025, it has shared sound recordings of its iconic Jaguar F-Type V8 sports car with the British Library. The recordings – made from inside the cabin and from outside the car – capture the F-Type’s unmistakable, supercharged V8 soundtrack.

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 the F-Type’s exhaust note was originally tuned, the a satin black R 75 Coupé performed a number of gear shifts and acceleration sprints, composing the 30 and 47 second tracks.

By sharing these with the British Library, Jaguar says it will enable people worldwide – and for all time – to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion-engined Jaguar sports car.

“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," said Charles Richardson, Jaguar's Senior Sound Engineer.

“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.”

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 the F-Type and 75 years of Jaguar sports cars. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 develops 422kW and 700Nm of torque and can accelerate the car from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds and on to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 300km/h.

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.

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 the F-Type’s visceral character.

The recordings will be available on the British Library website.