Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Details:
Jaguar teased that it would bring a new vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations to Goodwood, and now it has revealed that car to be a production version of last year's Project 7 concept. The special model F-Type Project 7 will be limited to just 250 units, and is claimed by Jaguar to be the fastest, most powerful production model yet.
The styling has been toned down slightly from the concept. Its defining feature is still the fin-like speedster fairing behind the driver's seat, which is inspired by the Jaguar D-Type. The timing for the reveal of the F-Type Project 7 production car is no coincidence, as it coincides with the D-Type 60th anniversary bash at Goodwood. Given the placement of the fairing, the F-Type convertible's standard folding top wouldn't work. A Bimini roof stored in the trunk can be clipped onto the header rail of the shortened windshield if cover is needed, but probably ruins the Project 7's looks. Though it was a single-seater in concept form, a passenger seat has been added on the production version complete with its own roll hoop. The upper portion of the front splitter is made of carbon fiber, as are the side skirts, rear diffuser, and adjustable rear wing. Together, those components are claimed to generate 177 percent more downforce than the F-Type convertible when traveling at the Project 7's electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.
At the heart of the limited-edition Jag is the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 of the F-Type R Coupe, tuned to 567 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. That engine is mated to the familiar eight-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels through Jaguar's Electronic Active Differential. Jaguar estimates the Project 7 will do 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, but seeing as the slightly less powerful F-Type Coupe R reached that speed in 3.6 seconds in our tests, expect that to be on the conservative side. Jaguar's Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, which are optional on the F-Type Coupe R, come standard on the Project 7. Also standard are racing-inspired seats and a Torque Vectoring by Braking feature. A unique suspension setup comprised of new suspension knuckles that offer increased negative camper, new anti-roll bars, and specific spring rates and dampers underpins the Project 7. A set of 20-inch Storm alloy wheels in gloss black comes standard wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber, though Continental ForceContact high-performance tires are available.
The F-Type Project 7 will be available in five metallic colors, including Ultra Blue, Caldera Red, British Racing Green, Ultimate Black, and Glacier White. Blue, red, and green Project 7 roadsters will be offered with white decal options, while black and white cars will get gray decals. Inside, a numbered plaque signed by Jaguar design director Ian Callum sits between the seats. Jaguar says its special operations team will hand-build up to 250 Project 7 models. That edition size includes North American-spec cars, which Jaguar says will be slightly different inside and out due to differing regulations. Deliveries of F-Type Project 7 models will commence in other markets by mid-2015.