The Jaguar F-TYPE V8 sound preserved in British Library

As Jaguar transitions towards the silent future of electric cars, the Jaguar F-TYPE V8 recording has been archived.

As Jaguar transitions towards the silent running of their all-electric future, it has shared sound recordings of its iconic Jaguar F-TYPE V8 sports car with the British Library to be archived.

Future Proofing

Preserving the F-TYPE’s iconic noise in the archives alongside other significant entries like the first street recordings of cars, allowing it to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Supercharged Sound

Jaguar engineers carefully selected the most immersive playback experience of the F-TYPE R 75’s 575PS 5.0-litre V8 as the perfect example to encapsulate the Jaguars engine sounds.

Source Material

The recordings were curated in Jaguar’s purpose-built sound chamber at the Gaydon Engineering Centre, which is fitting as the F-TYPE’s exhaust note was originally developed here.


The recording was made from the engine noise both in and outside of the car to perfectly encapsulate the unmistakeable V8 soundtrack. The recording being shared with the British Library, allows people from all around the world, and for all time, to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion-engine Jaguar sports car.

The soundproof chamber at Gaydon Engineering Centre welcomed the Ligurian satin black R 75 Coupé to perform gear shifts and acceleration sprints on the 30 and 47 second tracks.

Specially selected to record, the F-TYPE’s all-wheel drive offered 5.0-litre supercharged V8 develops 575PS and 700Nm of torque and can accelerate to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 186mph. When the F-TYPE accelerated the valves in the exhaust systems open to alter the exhaust gas routing to release the signature noise.

Charles Richardson, Senior Sound Engineer, Jaguar, comments, “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."

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