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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The one-off Fuore BlackJag: Power, Elegance, and Innovation

Unique ONES - When it comes to fast cars produced by British manufacturers, the Jaguar brand is undoubtedly one of the first to come to mind. However, at the turn of the millennium, Jaguar experienced a rather lackluster decade. Despite their efforts to compensate for the uninspiring designs and questionable reliability of the early 2000s, most of their previous models have faded into obscurity and are considered largely irrelevant.
The unique 2004 Jaguar BlackJag Concept by Fuore Design, which combined modern Bugatti-esque design with a powerful engine. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
Among the multitude of lackluster offerings, there were one or two noteworthy models. One such model was the unique 2004 Jaguar BlackJag Concept by Fuore Design, which combined modern Bugatti-esque design with a powerful engine.
2004 Fuore Design BlackJag sat on display at the Essen Motor Show 2014. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
To commemorate their debut at the 74th Geneva Motor Show in 2004, Fuore Design unleashed an extraordinary beast. The BlackJag is an exhilarating design study that merges the spirit of Formula One with the traditional British brand's values.

Building upon the promise of its predecessor, the Jaguar XF10, unveiled at the Motor Show in Fuore Design's hometown of Barcelona a year prior, the BlackJag embodies the epitome of glamour in a road-ready sports car. While the XF10 epitomized pure sportiness and raw power, the BlackJag exudes refinement and sophistication.
Right side view of 2004 Fuore Design BlackJag. (Picture from: DieselStation)
The design has evolved to reflect the elegance and grandeur of the legendary two-seaters from Coventry. "We wanted our XF10 to transition from a sporty racing car to an elegant and sophisticated driving machine. The BlackJag incorporates design elements that inspire style and poise, while maintaining its sporting image," explains Erwin Himmel, the creative force behind the BlackJag and CEO of Fuore Design as well.
Interior view of 2004 Fuore Design BlackJag. (Picture from: DieselStation)
The BlackJag's body has been streamlined and refined to give the car a distinctive elegance. Certain design elements of the XF10 have been modified to achieve this effect. The air intakes now seamlessly blend into the body, creating a sculptural flow. The front boasts a simplified shut-line graphic on the bumper, while the new headlights incorporate the BlackJag's fog lights, resulting in a more generous front-light graphic. Other changes include redesigned ergonomic wing mirrors, the omission of air intakes on the doors, and revamped door handles. The rear of the car features better-integrated exhaust pipes.
Rear side view of 2004 Fuore Design BlackJag. (Picture from: DieselStation)
Wrapped in an elegant black finish, accentuating subtle surface modifications, this wild cat has matured into a refined representation of a longstanding tradition. "The name BlackJag evokes elegance, which served as the inspiration for our design study," explains Erwin Himmel at the time.

In line with its captivating aesthetics, the 2004 Jaguar BlackJag Concept is a two-seater sports car powered by a monstrous 7.0-liter DOHC V10 engine, delivering an impressive 640 horsepower. This enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in a mere 3.8 seconds and achieve an overall top speed of 330 kph, if unrestricted.
Rear view of 2004 Fuore Design BlackJag. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
The entire package weighs 2,976 lbs (1,350 kg). The BlackJag was conceived in Barcelona by Fuore Design and built in Turin by Modarte, under the skillful guidance of Stefano Ardagna, one of Italy's most dynamic prototype constructors.

As quoted from Carbuzz, this particular car was put up for sale by a private German seller, who valued it at 2.8 million, approximately $3.8 million back in 2014. While the seller's identity remains undisclosed, speculation suggests that this one-of-a-kind vehicle belongs to the company's founder, Erwin Leo Himmel.
Although the model is undeniably powerful and visually striking, Fuore Design also experienced a downturn and withdrew from the market in 2007. While it was a commendable effort, certain things, like the excessive use of hair gel in the '90s, should be left in the past. With an astronomical price tag of $3.8 million, symbolizing the convergence of two brands that endured a challenging decade, we anticipate this vehicle will meet a similar fate. *** [EKA [14012015] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARBUZZ | SUPERCARS.NET | AUTOEVOLUTION | DIESELSTATION | CARVERSE | ALLAUTOEXPERTS ]
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