Gallery: the long road to the Jaguar F-Type
Ian Callum, director of design, talks exclusively on the cars that led Jaguar to today’s all-conquering roadster
Posted: 01 Aug 2014
Ian Callum on… the 1996 XK8
“This was designed under pressure from Ford to use the XJS platform, which we had proven possible at TWR with the DB7. So the X100 project was born — a beautiful GT and one of Geoff Lawson's best. I have to admit, a difficult act to follow.
“The design was managed, I believe, by Fergus Pollock and the programme director was Bob Dover, who went on to become MD of Aston. This car captured all the essence of Jaguar style in a modern way. Although quite soft in section, it did look quite tight. My only reservation was the Ford-inspired headlamp shape with the shut lines enveloping the glass — that was very modish at the time. I remember the early cars rode a little too high due to some misinformation in the process! The interior however was too classical — the Jag boys at the time loved the ‘Spitfire wing’ dashboard.”