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Castle Bromwich Jaguar Factory Tour

 
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Earlier this month I ended up with a day to kill in UK. I decided to take fast train to Birmingham and take a tour of Jaguar's Castle Bromwich factory where they make F-types. Once they found I have F-type, they assigned a dedicated tour guide to me. That gentlemen happened to be a retired production line engineer who was very knowledgeable about everything F-type. My only regret is that they didn't allow to take pictures.

Some interesting observations:

1. Lots of SVRs on the line, out of 60ish cars at least half were SVRs
2. Accidentally (?) seen a special SVR coming off the production line that I wasn't supposed to see, they asked me not to talk about it.
3. Seen a photo-masked F-type going for a test drive as we were passing factory gates.
4. They put all assembled F-types through 'shake' and 'water leak' tests. Interesting, but why they don't they also test for heat and expansion? Its quite cold and rainy there most of the time, very unlike what happens when a car sits in the sun somewhere warm, like California.
5. Aluminum chassis is adhesive bonded and riveted together. Had a closer look at a number of naked frames. Struts are bolted to massive cast aluminum chunks. Coupe had massive cast aluminum brackets where the rear 'door' hinges. I think this is where most of the excessive weight can be found.
6. Sometimes in 2018 they are switching production to all water-based painting method.
 
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Thanks for posting. Would love to take a tour myself and hope to soon.
 
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Thanks for posting. Would love to take a tour myself and hope to soon.
Maine is on the way to England Marko.

Thanks for posting that SinF. Sounds fascinating.
 
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Sin, great write up, glad you enjoyed it. I have worked at or for a lot of Car companies, Jaguar, LR, Rolls, Bentley, BMW , Nissan, Ford etc. and I would encourage anyone to go and see how they are made. The Retirees who do the Tours are awesome aren't they?

The most fascinating part for me wherever I've worked is the Logistics side, although I'm a Tooling/Structural Engineer. It still amazes me how they get all those parts from all over the world in the same place at the same time.

Car manufacturing is very hard, very stressful, especially model changes and face lifts , what they don't show on a tour is the 16 hrs a day, 7 days a week that a lot of people put in to make a Car, it always looks easy to the visitor .

I'm glad you enjoyed it!!
 
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This my number 1 to do my next trip to the UK. I tried to arrange a tour where they make the XJ's back in 2010 when I went to the UK. They were very accommodating on the phone but alas my scheduled time in Farnham coincided with the factory's summer holiday so I did not get to go.
 
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Originally Posted by SinF View Post
Earlier this month I ended up with a day to kill in UK. I decided to take fast train to Birmingham and take a tour of Jaguar's Castle Bromwich factory where they make F-types.
I don't suppose you found mine in the production line somewhere did you lol

knowing my luck, it was probably the one being "tested" to destruction
 
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I don't suppose you found mine in the production line somewhere did you lol

knowing my luck, it was probably the one being "tested" to destruction
At least you should get a decent discount!

When I was at BMW they would take different models, put some Dummies in the Car as passengers and run them on the roads until they failed, 24 hours a Day.

Unfortunately Uber wasn't around in those Days, the Drivers could have ditched the Dummies and made some extra Cash.
 
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I was told Jaguar has various testing facilities (off-site), including for cold climates, where they run cars like that. While testing is always a good idea, I don't see this 'clean running' as very representative of real life wear and tear. At least they do test them on the track.

In InfoSec we always test edge conditions, for automotive testing I'd fill the engine with dirty engine oil, old coolant, old brake fluid, fill it with dirty gasoline then get test driver sit in traffic somewhere really cold and somewhere really hot to see what fails.
 
 
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