F-TYPE Project 7, the latest model in Jaguar’s F-TYPE sports car range, is set to make its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The car is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team, and will be produced in a limited-edition run of up to 250 units. Its roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, aims to pay tribute to one of the most famous racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year.
Project 7 is not only the most focused derivative of the F-TYPE range, but is also the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built. Power comes from a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, now in 567 bhp/502 ft lb form, enabling the all-aluminium-bodied car – which weighs 1585 kg – to achieve acceleration from 0-60mph in 3.8-seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph. Jaguar says the car is fully road-legal, with a removable roof and 196-litre stowage space.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon ceramic matrix brakes are fitted as standard. Another standard feature is torque vectoring which, working in conjunction with the EAD, enables more precise handling. Bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids and a custom suspension are also part of the set-up.
While Project 7 features performance-focused engineering by Special Vehicle Operations – the engineering and vehicle division of Special Operations – its design has been kept true to the lines of the original Project 7 concept, which was unveiled last summer.
Key design elements include the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver’s head, shorter windshield, new front bumper, and downforce-increasing aerodynamic modifications – including a carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler. However, the single-seater concept has been transformed into a two-seater, with rollover hoops for both driver and passenger now integrated into the design.