Jaguar announced Thursday that the F-TYPE Project 7, the latest model in Jaguar's acclaimed F-TYPE sports car range, will make its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed starting Friday.
The F-TYPE Project 7 is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations team. It will be produced in an exclusive, limited-edition run of up to 250 units. The distinctive roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year. F-TYPE Project 7's name pays homage to Jaguar's seven outright Le Mans wins.
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-fiber 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.
"F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect example of how, as a design team, we can move quickly with our engineering colleagues to go from concept vehicle to production reality,” Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar said. “We've pushed the boundaries of what's possible without losing any purity of form.”
The F-TYPE Project 7's power comes from Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, now in 575PS/680Nm form, enabling the all-aluminum-bodied car - which weighs 1585kg - to achieve acceleration from 0-60mph in 3.8-seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9-seconds) and an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h). F-TYPE Project 7 is fully road-legal, with a removable roof and 196-litre stowage space.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through Jaguar's eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, available as an option on the F-TYPE R Coupé, are fitted as standard on F-TYPE Project 7, offering powerful, consistent, fade-free braking. Another standard feature is Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) which, working in conjunction with the EAD, enables extremely precise handling. Bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension set-up enable F-TYPE Project 7 to deliver what Jag says is a truly engaging driving experience.
It is the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever made.
"Above all - F-TYPE Project 7 is fast,” Mike Cross, Chief Engineer - Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar said. “It uses all the key technologies we've proven on F-TYPE R Coupe to deliver absolute immediacy of response to all driver inputs, yet its focused nature has given us the opportunity to go further still. The result is a driving experience that's pure and involving in every sense."
The driver and passenger of F-TYPE Project 7 sit in lightweight race-inspired bucket seats, which are finished in a quilted racing-style diamond pattern. Four-point racing harnesses are available as an accessory. The interior features carbon-fiber veneer inserts on the console, an Alcantara steering wheel (with leather option), machined aluminum gearshift paddles and bespoke treadplates with the Project 7 logo.
Enhancing its unique appeal, the 2014 F-TYPE Project 7 will be hand-built to exacting standards by Special Operations, and offered in an exclusive, limited-edition production run of up to 250 units globally. Each car will sport a specially numbered plaque, located between the two seats, signed by Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
"F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect example of how, as a design team, we can move quickly with our engineering colleagues to go from concept vehicle to production reality,” Callum said. “We've pushed the boundaries of what's possible without losing any purity of form. “
“Modern, purposeful and with a stance that screams intent, F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect contemporary embodiment of the D-type that inspired it."
As for pricing? That has yet to be announced, but let’s just say if you have to ask…
2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION*
*All figures are manufacturer's estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Engine capacity (cc) 5000
Valves per cylinder 4
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke (mm) 92.5/93.0
Bore/stroke (inches) 3.64/3.66
Transmission 8-speed 'Quickshift'
0-60mph (sec) 3.8
0-100km/h (sec) 3.9
Top speed (mph) 186, electronically limited
Top speed (km/h) 300, electronically limited
Power (PS@rpm) 575@6500
Power (kW@rpm) 423@6500
Torque (lb ft@rpm) 502@2500-5500
Torque (Nm@rpm) 680@2500-5500
Wheels 20-inch 'Storm' alloy,
in gloss black
Tires - size 255/35/20 (front)
Tires - make
Pirelli P Zero
Length (mm) 4519
Length (in) 178
Width excl (mm) 1923
Width excl (in) 75.7
Height (mm, without roof) 1277
Height (in, without roof) 50.3
Wheelbase (mm) 2622
Wheelbase (in) 103.2
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 72
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 15.8
Weight (kg) 1585
Weight (lbs) 3495