Former Jaguar Design Chief Shares Amazing Concept Sketches
Father of the F-Type and bonkers Jaguar SVO vehicles gives us an unprecedented look at his early designs.
Jaguar has long been known for its elegant and beautiful design, and the automaker has employed some seriously talented designers over the years. That includes Wayne Burgess, the man who created the F-Type and a host of high-performance SVO vehicles. Burgess has since moved on from Jag, though he’s only semi-retired and currently helping dream up new rides for Geely Design. And now, after 21 years at Jaguar, he’s begun sharing several early design and concept sketches via his Instagram account.
These drawings are notable for a couple of reasons. For one, many of them have never before been shared with the public. Secondly, they give us a fascinating look at both historically significant Jaguar vehicles and some that never made it to production.
Just take this amazing S-Type rendering for example. Burgess took what was already a beautiful car and gave it the old school led sled treatment, much like an old Mercury. It might seem odd at first, but these two distinctly different designs come together quite nicely.
Burgess channeled his love for the Jaguar XJ-13 in this mid-engine F-Type concept rendering. It’s hard to believe that this design dates back to the late ’90s, because it looks like something that could easily be produced today.
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And then there’s this X-Type rendering from 1997, which was one of Burgess’ very first after arriving at Jaguar. Look closely, and you’ll notice the deep, square grille design that eventually landed on the XF years later.
Overall, these renderings give us a fascinating look into Jag design over the last three decades. And we’re certainly looking forward to what else Burgess shares with us moving forward!