The F-Type elevates the long tradition of sporty Jaguar models to a new level. The STARTECH REFINEMENT accessories program for the two-seater celebrates its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The engineers and designers of STARTECH (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 20 41 / 7744 555, fax + 49 / (0) 20 41 / 7744 544, Internet www.startech.de), a BRABUS Group company, have developed sporty-elegant carbon-fiber aerodynamic-enhancement components for the bodywork, tailor-made 21-inch wheels and attractive interior options. The STARTECH REFINEMENT components and conversions are available for all coupe and roadster models of the Jaguar F-Type series.
Adding even more sporty emphasis to the dynamic lines of the two-seater with innovative bodywork components was a challenge the STARTECH designers mastered beautifully. All STARTECH aerodynamic-enhancement components for the F-Type are manufactured from clear-coated carbon fiber. To make them not only ultralight, but also give them high strength, they are manufactured in an autoclave using the complex prepreg process, the same process used in motor racing and aerospace engineering. Ten layers of clear coat lend the STARTECH components a fascinating 3D appearance.
The STARTECH REFINEMENT front component for the F-Type was designed to replace the lower section of the production bumper in its entirety. It drops lower and forms an even more pronounced spoiler lip. What’s more: on the sides the aerodynamic-enhancement component trails off into raised spoiler flaps, which not only give the sports car a generous helping of racing looks, but also further reduce lift on the front axle at high speeds. The face of the Jaguar receives some added sporty emphasis with the STARTECH hood scoops and the fairings for the side mirrors.
But the mirror fairings are not the only things that upgrade the sides of the F-Type. The STARTECH designers have developed tailor-made and markedly sportily styled designer fenders made from carbon fiber that replace their production counterparts. A vertical clear-coated carbon-fiber blade behind the wheel well suggests an air outlet. The Union Jack flag and the STARTECH REFINEMENT logo, both also integrated into the fenders, document the origin of the refined sports car.
The STARTECH designers also developed special inserts made from clear-coated carbon fiber for the production rocker panels. They are also shaped like raised side flaps and consequently lend the two-door car an even more aggressive side profile.
The standard rear bumper insert of the Jaguar is replaced with the STARTECH carbon-fiber diffusor. The aerodynamic-enhancement component impresses with its sophisticated air deflection and visible carbon-fiber structure. In addition, the STARTECH REFINEMENT component, which attaches to the same mounting points as the production part, features four integrated exhaust tips that connect to the production exhaust, and a central LED rear fog lamp in the style of Formula One race cars.
The exclusive appearance is further characterized by STARTECH Monostar S forged wheels, which come in tailor-made versions for the various F-Type models. The one-piece high-tech wheels stand out from the crowd on account of the concave shape of their center section, which has a particularly strong visual effect in the case of the extremely wide rear-axle wheels. The same is true for the choice of wheel sizes, which were designed specifically for the new Jaguar sports car. The front wheel wells are filled out by wheels of size 9Jx21 mounted with tires of size 255/30 ZR 21. At the rear, tires of size 305/25 ZR 21 mounted on 10.5-inch wheels endeavor to provide maximum traction.
A particular STARTECH REFINEMENT specialty is the creation of exclusive interiors, which are crafted in the company upholstery shop with great love of detail. As a contrast to the show car’s white outer skin and the clear-coated carbon-fiber elements, an all-leather interior was created from the finest, especially soft nappa leather.
The cockpit captivates with the extraordinary combination of brown and red leather, and an extravagant upholstery design. The hallmark STARTECH diamond stitching adorns not only the seat surfaces and door panels, but also the entirely leather-trimmed vehicle floor and headliner of the coupe. A subtle yet striking detail of the leather application is the continuous piping surround.
The F-Type center console was refined by the STARTECH interior designers with a mirror-polished piano wood inlay. Other types of precious-wood and genuine carbon-fiber inlays with a variety of structures and colors are available alternatively.
Further exclusive ideas for the interior are the scuff plates with backlit STARTECH logo and the high-quality floor mats with color-coordinated leather edging.