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You may disagree but at least hear me out first. The XE's architecture has been crafted from a mix of pressed aluminium sheets and castings joined with rivets and aerospace glue, you know the stuff they stick 747 wings on with ;)

Because Jaguar is using rivets and adhesives to keep it all together instead of conventional welding or the more modern laser welding/sintering it means that the panels are easily exchangeable. Exchangeable, this man has lost his head I can already hear you castigating. hehehh, funny but the thing is that it allows Jaguar the option of replacing the XE's aluminium panels with something like say Carbon Fiber.

BUT, BUT, CF is expensive.

Thats right it is, and so is the XE-R...

long ramble short, Jaguar can and likely will replace parts of the XE's body structure with carbon fiber panels to lighten the load on the inevitable XE-R...

 

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Bonnet and Boot Lid

Any idea why there is an aluminium bonnet and a steel boot lid ? I would have thought these two items have similar functions and stability requirements or am I missing something?:confused:
 

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Any idea why there is an aluminium bonnet and a steel boot lid ? I would have thought these two items have similar functions and stability requirements or am I missing something?:confused:
Weight distribution purposes. Much of a car's weight is distributed to the front of the car, due to the weight of the engine. To balance the car, it's common for heavier steel parts to be fitted to the rear, while lighter aluminium parts are fitted toward the front.
 

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There are a lot of areas that you can utilize carbon fiber pieces to be effective and still structurally rigid. Majority of it would be in the mid section area but they can definitely do it in the front end as well to, again, aid in the weight distribution.
 

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weight distribution is important, most people who've driven a trailer have experienced at least a few heart-pounding moments when their trailers started to sway and they worried they might lose control of the vehicles
 
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