New Jaguar F-Type marred by Tata Nano’s ghost?

Jaguar F-Type Fire incident: A Jaguar F-Type catches fire in Belgium. Does it bring a sense of Deja-vu to you?

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A new Jaguar F-Type caught fire and melted down in Belgium recently. It is being said that the car was being driven by its owner, who noticed some error with the vehicle. Luckily, he was quick to pull over and call Jaguar service line, when suddenly the car caught fire and burned down in front of his own eyes.

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The cause of fire isn’t yet known but an expensive and technologically superior car like the F-Typre catching fire so dangerously does raise some questions. It’s not clear yet whether the owner of the car had performed any modifications on the car, but any possibility, including a faulty electric mod, or even a manufacturing defect cannot be entirely ruled out at this point.

The newly introduced F-Type catching fire isn’t good news for the Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover. The F-Type is a beautiful looking, newly introduced car, and such incidents wouldn’t work well towards creating a positive opinion about the brand. Interestingly, another of the Tata Group car, the Nano got severely hit by such incidents during its early years when it caught fire on more than one occasions. While comparing a Nano with the F-Type would be nothing short of comparing chalk to cheese, this incident, owing to the common parentage of the two cars does remind us here in India of the incidents related to the small car. Tata Motors  voluntarily made some modifications to the sold Nano cars after taking note of the fire incidents.

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The Jaguar F-Type is a premium car, and this incident would surely be taken seriously by JLR. Investigations are sure to follow, and rely on us to let you know whatever emerges from the probe, if at all the findings are put in the public domain.

The Jaguar F-Type is on sale in India as well,  in two engine variants- V6 S and V8 S. The car comes to us via CBU route. The V6 engine that powers the Jaguar F-Type V6 S displaces 3.0 litres and is forced fed by a supercharger. The engine has a max power output of 380PS. The F-Type V6 S has an electronically limited top whack of 275 kmph. The Jaguar F Type V8 S is powered by a 5.0 litre V8 supercharged engine that has a max power of 495PS. The more powerful variant has a top whack of 300 kmph. Both the engines come coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that transmits power to the rear wheels.

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Source: Gazet Van Antwerpen

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  • (a) Tata holds a stake in Jaguar by purchasing shareholding in the Company. Tata’s engineers are not building Jaguars. It is still very much Jaguar engineering which is building Jaguars. Ergo, you bringing the Nano into the picture is just, well, I do not know how to describe the move.

    (b) A car going up in flames because of no “apparent” reason is dangerous at worst and strange at best. I am sure the Company is doing all it can to investigate and correct the not-apparent anomaly, if any. I do think the “appalling” bit of your comment was a bit far-out.

    (c) The Nano is not just “good”. It is one of the greatest city cars to have been sold in India. Take it from someone who has been driving/ riding for over two decades. I need not go into a long-winded description of why it is the greatest. To keep dragging it back into the fire discussions is criminal, to say the least, after less than 0.001% of the cars have actually caught fire, and all of which have been attributed to faults which do not lie with engineering. Stop maligning a wonder of engineering, for heaven’s sake.

    Rant over, peace out!

  • avsatishchandra says:

    Dear Mr. Yatharth,

    I hope you know that your name roughly means “truth”. With a name like that you should be more careful about what you right. Just because the internet gives you the freedom to say anything you want, you just don’t go around saying those things. Please spare a thought for your hapless readers who come here to read something nice and find themselves faced with such utter nonsense.

  • Shreepathy Chandran says:

    Voila what a discovery! Yeah that's what I call one helluva article, writing at its incredible best. Keep writing such great articles, it makes the read a hilarious one to say the least. Tata even does aircraft parts, the next time we see an aircraft on fire just keep folks informed that they are the one who do Nano and point authorities to Tata's door step.

  • abhishek says:

    I agree no parallel should be drawn between the jag and the nano. There is none!! I mean none at all! That said, we all goof up, no biggie! Yatharth has been very accepting of the comments and that I feel is pretty grown up!

  • Apologies for having disappointed you. All I can say is that I’ll be more careful next time onwards.