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"The Most Beautiful Car Ever Built" - Enzo Ferrari.

When Sir Williams Lyons, Jaguar's founder, unveiled the Jaguar E-type at the '61 Geneva Motor Show, its sculpted form wowed everyone present, including the great Enzo Ferrari.

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-1.jpg
Pic Source: Jaguar Heritage

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-3.jpg

A brief history of Jaguar:

1922 - Jaguar Cars Limited is founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by two motorcycle enthusiasts
1945 - Swallow Sidecars changes its name to Jaguar
1961 - The Jaguar E-type is launched
1968 - Jaguar merges with British Motor Corporation, subsequently taken over by Leyland, which itself was eventually nationalised as British Leyland
1984 - Jaguar is split off from British Leyland
1989 - Jaguar is acquired by Ford
2008 - Ford sells Jaguar Land Rover to Tata Motors for $2.3 billion. Ford never made a profit from Jaguar. In recent years, Tata made over 3/4th of its group profits from JLR.

After the Jaguar X-Type's production ended, a big hole in the portfolio is absence in the entry-level premium segment, that is the C Class / 3 Series / A4 category. I expect this to be corrected in the coming years.

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For those of you interested in the manufacturing of automobiles, be sure to read GTO's detailed report on Ford's Chennai factory at this link (PICS : Ford's Chennai Factory. Detailed report on the making of Figos, Fiestas...).

We are in Day II of the Jaguar Land Rover Engineering and Drive programme, and are visiting the manufacturing facility where the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK are built.

You can read about Day 1 of the programme here (Off-Roading with Land Rovers & Range Rovers at Eastnor Castle, UK).

This factory has had a chequered history. In the late 30s, it used to be the facility where the legendary Spitfires & Avro Lancaster aircraft were manufactured. Just before the factory, at the roundabout, there is an art piece that celebrates the association of Spitfires with this town. The roundabout is called the Spitfire circle.

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Here is a picture showing the assembly of aircraft at this facility. The exact figures are not known, but it is believed that about 305 Lancasters & 11,780 Spitfires were manufactured here between 1940 & 1946.

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Pic source: Battle of Britain - The Beacon - Royal Air Force Museum

Now of course, it is a far cry from those days. We are told that the factory employs about 2500 people today.

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-5.jpg

Notice the "F-Type" marking in the picture above? Yes, that's the spiritual successor to the E-type that Jaguar is building to take on the Porsche & Mercedes roadsters. The F-type, which is the production version of the C-X16 concept, marks the return of Jaguar to its sports cars, after decades of focus on luxury sedans. The company is betting big on the F-type which will be launched in the early part of 2013.

The XJ XFR & the XKR in the lobby area:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-6.jpg

We are then handed over fluorescent safety jackets:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-7.jpg

And a wireless earphone for 2 purposes; One, to protect our ears from the high decibel sounds in the factory and second, to hear our guide's running commentary on the tour:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-8.jpg

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The first structure we see upon entering the production line are the 6 HUGE stamping machines. These are almost a storey & half tall, and all of the six are connected at the top. The operation is entirely computer controlled & handled by robots. Human role is only to do with observation, and implement any changes to the stamping dies:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-9.jpg

The 6 rigs stamp a panel in stages, out of aluminium sheets. All Jaguars are made almost entirely of aluminium (there is no steel used in the body). Trivia : 50% of the XJ body structure is made from recycled aluminium. Quantity? Aluminium worth 12,000 soft drink cans:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-10.jpg

The robot picks up a sheet of aluminium using suction cups, and precisely places it on the rollers. From the rollers, another robot lifts the aluminium sheet and puts it in the first of the 6 stamping machines. We were told that a typical stamping operation cycle produces 9 days of production stock:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-11.jpg

The machine does the stamping, after which a robot passes the panel onto the next stamping station. The process is progressively repeated six times before a panel is considered complete:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-12.jpg

Here is an example: See what happens between press B1 & B3 for the same part. The die used in each step and the load set-up are different. In B1, the section is being formed and in B3, holes are being pierced:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-13.jpg

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The stamping operation is fast & the robots are kept really busy, moving their arms from left to right in clock-like precision. As the panels leave the final stamping station, they undergo quality checks by engineers who place them in specially designed bins. Almost all of the bins in the XJ line carry the "Aluminium Only" tag. This is to ensure that no contamination with any other metal takes place. These bins are made of steel, but their inner side is coated with a special resin to prevent aluminium from coming in contact with the steel
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-15.jpg

The QA station for checking the stamped panels. We were told that the first panel, middle panel & last panel of each production run are taken as samples and thoroughly tested for tolerances:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-16.jpg

The sample panels being setup on design spec panel rigs and carefully placed on a test bed. Notice the perforated floor area? These perforations are to accurately place the design spec rigs, which then proceed to laser beam tests for measurements. In the picture below, you can't see the laser equipment, but notice the 2 white / black stands at the end of the perforated floor. The laser machine is on top. You can see a hand in the top left corner of the picture pointing towards the laser:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-21.jpg

The area is full of design spec panel rigs. They are neatly stored with the respective numbering and codes:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-22.jpg

A die for the panel stamping. 45 minutes is what it takes to change a die in the stamping station:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-17.jpg

Here is a die being moved, via the overhead crane line, to its stamping station. Just rewind to pictures of the stamping station above...you'll notice rails in front. The die is moved in / out of the stamping stations using these guide rails:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-20.jpg

This part of the factory is just full of dies! They are seen everywhere, piled one on top of the other:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-18.jpg

The one replaceable part of the die. See that vertical grooved spacer in the picture below? This part wears off after use. The rest of the die is practically bullet proof:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-19.jpg

Talking of bullet proof, the atmospheric pressure inside the factory is kept higher than the pressure outside. This is to ensure that when factory doors open, the high pressure air from inside the factory goes out, and no air from outside comes in. The big pipes running on the roof line pump in high pressure air:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-20_1.jpg

As we move across the factory, we are told that the technological investment & modernization done by Ford is paying off. We could also tell that the folks at Jaguar are really happy with the TATA management. The sentiment goes like "Jaguar was a small fish in a big pond with Ford. With TATA, we are big fish in a big pond". It is also evident that TATA has given JLR a relatively free hand, without many significant changes. This has really gone down well with the JLR team.

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Once we are through with the stamping section of the production line, we move on to the Body Construction area of the XJ. I have to say this : God bless those wireless earphones, else our ears would have gone numb with the high decibel sound of the machines in the stamping section:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-22_1.jpg

We are first taken to a large reception area where we see a cut section of the XJ body in polished aluminium, and an info-graphic of key figures for the XJ manufacturing process. The info-graphic below is self explanatory. Notice the absence of 'welding' in the manufacturing process. There is no mig/tig welding involved at this plant. Just rivets in combination with adhesive!
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-24.jpg

Cut section of the XJ body. Notice how shiny the aluminium is. We asked if a customer can order this finish, but the answer was in the negative. If someone from the Middle East sees this, he'd have probably placed an order for a dozen right then and there:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-24_2.jpg

The cut section shows the various aluminium components involved. The manufacturing process of aluminium parts entails 3 types:

1. Stamping of body panels (covered in the post above).

2. Casting of aluminium parts. See the picture below. The upper portion of the door / window is a casting part. That can't be stamped, and one of the reasons is that the tolerances in some parts have to be perfect. For example, the screw-holes in the door near the B-pillar have to be absolutely perfect with no tolerance at all, hence casting is used.

3. Extrusion (explained later in this post).

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-25.jpg

The guide opens the door for us and we see rivets that are used to join the aluminium parts together. Some 3,153 rivets are used in the making of an XJ. The rivets are made of steel and are coated with a special alloy to ensure that no galvanic corrosion happens between steel & aluminium. Aluminium rivets can't be used as they will not be hard enough to pierce through the aluminium panel:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-26.jpg

Here is a section of aluminium plates which shows the x-section of the rivet, once it has pierced through:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-27.jpg

Below is the 3rd type of component used, that is the extruded ones. The front rectangular cross member is an aluminium part made from the extrusion process. This allows for fine-tuned localized strength. For instance, in the picture below, the bottom left corner of the x-member & the middle left portion are areas whose thickness is greater than the rest of the part. Why? Simply because additional strength is required only at these points. The practice saves quite a lot of overall weight from each part:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-27_1.jpg

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We then head to the real area of action. The body construction line is a maze of robots & huge stacks of parts for assembly. I noticed that almost all the sections had wire-mesh to prevent any person from entering the assembly line area (where the robots are working). Each station has a computer terminal from where the robot could be controlled & data sets loaded. The station below is an example of the same. Here you see Kawasaki robots riveting the underbody chassis; notice the black colour spool & blue colour belt with the rivet in the center of the picture:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-28.jpg

Not everything is done by robots though. Many of the part sub-assemblies requires human intervention. Here are screws being embedded in the part (you'll see 3 screws on the left side). This person is wearing earphones to protect his ears from the high decibel noise:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-29.jpg

The same production line manufactures the XJ & the XJ-L (LWB version). BTW, only the XJ-L is sold in India. A panel is simply added to the XJ frame to make it an XJ-L version; the right end of the section is an extension made for the XJ-L:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-29_1.jpg

This station is where the side panels are being riveted to the underbody frame, thus giving first semblance to the individual parts of a car that will eventually become an XJ. The side panels are the biggest parts that are stamped. The robots lift the side panel from the stack and then, in a split second of acrobatic moves, place it for riveting. There is a bit of human intervention required to place the clamps:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-30.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-31.jpg

After the first layer of side panels are riveted, the outer side panel is called up. The person in charge carefully aligns the outer panel, after which robots complete riveting the side body panels:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-31_1.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-31_2.jpg

One can see the contours of the vehicle taking shape. It now begins to look like a car, rather than just individual pieces of aluminium parts:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-32.jpg

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The line now moves on, and we come across a station where strips of these tapes are applied. Notice the different black colour tapes / strips in the picture below. These are applied to different parts of the frame. The hammer? Well, no factory can ever be complete without a hammer. There is always one nearby:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-32_01.jpg

Tape being applied:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-32_1.jpg

The line moves on to stations where the bonnet is attached:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-33.jpg

And then to the boot area assembly:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-34.jpg

The sub-assembly of the hood & the LCD (Luggage Compartment Door, a formal term for the boot lid) is a small factory in itself. They have a separate area for the ABB robots:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-35.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-35_1.jpg

The ABB robots are used for parts where there is NO tolerance level permitted, and 100% precision is needed. The Kawasaki robots would have some tolerance levels. Here, the robots are performing the roller operation of fusing the edges of the LCD tub:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-36.jpg

The ABB robot control screen shows the various operations being performed:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-37.jpg

One can also see robots applying the aircraft-grade adhesive. The adhesive is used wherever parts are joined together. Surprise fact : It is actually the adhesive that provides the core strength in holding the joints together...the rivets are only there to provide supplementary strength. Remember the info-graphic in the posts above? Some 154.3 meters of 3 different types of adhesive are used in an XJ. In total, that isn't even 1/2 kg of adhesive per car:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-36_1.jpg

The view of a line from one of the stations. Notice how parts are stacked near a station and the sub-assembly is underway. The sequence can be summarized as : Individual Panel -> Sub-Assembly -> Assembly (one or more times) -> Main Production Line -> Part on frame for body construction:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-38.jpg

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Door panels and side fenders are now attached to the frame. It moves to a line where there are no robots, but only sheet metal experts. These are long timers and their expertise is just that -- sheet metal. They can look at the body frame, pick the area that doesn't seem right and then, hammer it back in shape
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-39.jpg

They ensure that the overall body frame is within tight specs. No robots, just them and their trusted hammer. They do take measurements of the body panel gaps using feeler gauges:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-40.jpg

After this, the body frame moves on to the fitment of other critical parts. You can see magnesium components in the body frame (the black coloured part):
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-40_2.jpg

The body frame moves on to its final stages of the journey which is called the "customer acceptance line". There are hundreds of fluorescent lights above:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-42.jpg

Experts go over the body frame with a microscopic eye and mark out any imperfections:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-43.jpg

A marking on the hood:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-44.jpg

The frame goes through a wash. Water is sourced from an underground borewell:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-41.jpg

The absence of welding machines makes the plant use very less water. The mini water-plant at the line:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-41_1.jpg

Finally, after 110 robots working on 289 individual parts, some 3153 rivets & 590 fasteners, 154.3 mts of adhesive and 141 inline quality checks, 329 kilos of the finished body frame is ready and comes out like this. Can you see the Jaguar in here?
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-44_1.jpg

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I had mentioned earlier that a lot of space is used to stack parts. One will find stacks & more stacks of parts everywhere in the factory! It's really overwhelming to see so many parts in one place. Here are some pictures of the parts in different locations. Notice how neatly they are stacked up:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts1.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts3.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts4.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts7.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-parts9.jpg

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Almost on each major sub-line, there are huge screens that display various parameters like the planned production target, actual production etc. Any major warning or update on the line is displayed as well:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-45.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-46.jpg

Then are the boards at each major line capturing lots of detail using pen & paper charts (no computers here). These boards have charts detailing what the objective of the line is, what is being done & other historical charts on various parameters. The charts & processes are strictly followed:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-49.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-50.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-50_1.jpg

Various sub-stations have their own boards which are used to display important information, capture the lessons learnt, best practices and more:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-48.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-50_2.jpg

A prominently located board displays the various rewards & recognition, and details of employees who have gone beyond their call of duty. This reward & recognition is also shared through a monthly internal magazine:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-51.jpg

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After an amazing experience at the body construction block, we move on to the XJ trim & final assembly block. This is where we will get to see an XJ roll out of the plant, ready for the stockyard. The production line caters to 4 variants of the XJ; the XJ & XJ-L in both, RHD & LHD combinations:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-1.jpg

An info-graphic of all that goes into the trim & final assembly line. 92 stations and 946 parts used:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-2.jpg

Displaying the block layout and process flow. In this block, each part that goes into the XJs is for a specific vehicle, and is numbered (computer controlled) for exact identification in the supply / production chain:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-3.jpg

The only robot in the trim & final assembly block. Used for some processing on the windshield:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-4.jpg

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The first to go in are the various wiring harnesses. Here, you see the wiring of the engine bay area being completed. Notice the paper on the LHS:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-5.jpg

That paper is the master identity document that will be referred to at each station in the line. It contains important data such as the country this vehicle is being built for (location is important for fine-tuning of various parameters for local laws, LHD / RHD, engine options et al). Also note how the inside of the car is completely bare:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-6.jpg

The different wiring harnesses being put into the XJ. Notice the first layer of carpets & firewall cladding being placed:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-7.jpg

The rear seat area:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-8.jpg

The seat belt assembly:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-8_01.jpg

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Next in line is the dashboard. There is a pile of dashboards nearby. These are the LHD versions:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-8_1.jpg

PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-9.jpg

Lights being fitted:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-9_1.jpg

The car moves on to the next station:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-10.jpg

Fuel tanks are installed. The production line has moved up, the car lifted and then a U-turn to arrive at the next station. Notice the line lifts at the end for a U-turn:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-12.jpg

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The line comes down again for the mating of the body & engine to happen. The most interesting part of the process, if you ask me. It's like watching a wedding ...the unison, the coming together of 2 critical parts that will live together forever:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-13.jpg

The engines aren't made in the Jaguar factory. Instead, they are manufactured at a Ford facility where Jaguar has a "plant-in-a-plant" structure. The entire area in that Ford factory is as per Jaguar's specifications and is painted in Jaguar colours. Even the controls are from Jaguar. We were told that Jaguar is planning their own engine manufacturing facility. Currently, their production capacity is limited due to the dependency on Ford for engines:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-13_01.jpg

The engine drive-train assembly is positioned below the body frame and then, carefully lifted up:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-13_1.jpg

Mating done!
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-14.jpg

I could see the propeller shaft that drives the rear wheels of the XJ. Must say that it looked very robust, and fully capable of handing / transferring the enormous power & torque:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-15.jpg

Once the engine / drivetrain are mated, a lot of tests are performed to ensure that all is in order. In each of the pictures above, you'll see the master identity document on the vehicle:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-16.jpg

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The bumpers are fitted next:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-18_1.jpg

Followed by the exhaust system:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-17.jpg

Its time for the XJ to wear a nice pair of shoes. Fat tyres from the nearby station are used. Each tyre is marked to indicate what goes on which side:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-19.jpg

With shoes on, it's time for the XJ to come closer to the ground and move on to the next stage:
PICS : Jaguar's Castle Bromwich (UK) Factory. Detailed report on the making of the XJ-20.jpg

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