Tag Archives: goodwood

Jaguar Showcases Production Spec F-TYPE Project 7 Model Ahead Of Goodwood Debut

With the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed set to take place later this week, Jaguar will use the opportunity to debut the production version of its Project 7 concept car which will join the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR in showcasing the first fruits of JLRs new Special Operations division.

In regards to the Project 7 spec F-Type, it will be virtually identical to the Project 7 concept that debuted at Goodwood last year to resoundingly positive fanfare. Designed as a rolling tribute to the company’s seven victories at the 24 hrs of Le Mans race, the production Jag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_06version boasts exterior styling that takes inspiration from this racing heritage as well as a subtle nod to the D-type race car in regards to the tasteful fin that is located behind the drivers seat. The car also boasts a model exclusive graphics package, as well as copious amounts of weight saving carbon fiber including the front splitter and the adjustable rear spoiler. 20-inch alloy wheels wearing sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires round out the exterior updates, and give the car an extra dollup of aggression.

The interior of the Project 7 also retains some of the flair of the concept, but wheras that version was a single seater designed to pay homage to the D-type Jag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_07_LowRes(complete with helmet holder), Jaguar engineers have made some concessions to production feasibility by replacing that feature with a second passenger seat as well as seven feet of cargo space. The carbon fiber swathed interior is far from sparse, and features the company’s touchscreen infotainment system as well as the levels of luxury one expects from a Jaguar. Both occupants benefit from model exclusive sport seats which aim to provide ample support during spirited driving and cornering.

Performance comes from a tweaked version of the F-Type R’s supercharged 5.0 liter V8 which makes 575 horsepower ( a 25 horse gain) and 501 lb-ft of torque with all of this power routed to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission. This potent duo allows the 3,500 lb Project 7 to make the sprint to 60 mph in a scant 3.8 seconds, and a final top speed of 186 mph which makes this car the fastest Jaguar model the company has ever produced. A torque vectoring system teams up with standard issue carbon brakes to help keep the power in check, and prevent occupants from getting in over their heads.

Pricing for this special F-Type vaJag_F-TYPE_Project_7_Image_250614_30riant will begin at approximately €)135,000 which is roughly equivalent to a whopping $230,000 when current conversion rates are applied. In addition, Jaguar will also be limiting production of the Project 7 to a mere 250 units with each model featuring a metal plaque signed by iconic Jaguar designer Ian Callum.





Land Rover Previews High Performance Range Rover Sport SVR, Goodwood Reveal Confirmed

Land Rover has officially released more details on it’s upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR model which will be the fastest and most agile Rover the company has ever built, and is also the first Land Rover derived model that was created by the company’s newly minted Special Operations division to ring in the festivities at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

Land Rover is keeping the full technical details of this track ready Land Rover under lock and key until its official debut, however it has let a few details trickle out to appease Land Rover fans and loyalists. For instance, the company revealed that the SVR will produce 550 horsepower and while it did not reveal what engine would be formally powering the SVR, our best guess is that RR_RRS_SVR_250614_04the mystery power-plant is most likely the familiar 5.0 liter supercharged V8 found in the Jaguar XJR performance sedan. This engine produces similar numbers in that model, and would fit the SVR’s purpose as a track ready Land Rover. All of this power is routed to all four wheels through a ZF sourced eight speed automatic gearbox which has received sport derived tuning to enhance responsiveness.

The exterior styling of the SVR shares it’s basic profile with the standard issue Range Rover Sport, but despite the wild camouflage schemes best attempts at throwing off observers, a deeper front bumper with bigger air intakes adds some much needed aggression to the boxy shape, while new side skirts and a revamped rear bumper with quad exhausts further RR_RRS_SVR_250614_04hone it’s ready to play nature. Model exclusive wheels are also part of the package, and while shots of the interior remained elusive, the company’s video footage did appear to reveal that the SVR will boast supportive Recaro bucket seats.

Look for additional details to be unveiled at its Goodwood debut later this week, with the first production spec version possibly making it’s official debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime Land Rover has released footage of the SVR in action at the Nurburgring which can be seen below.

Audi Launches Limited Production R8 LMX, Debuts New Laser High Beam System

Audi has talked about its revolutionary Matrix Beam laser headlight technology for several years now with it being a key part of its iconic LeMans racing program. However in an announcement earlier today, the company revealed the first production application of this technology the limited production Audi R8 LMX supercar.

The exterior styling of the R8 LMX shares much of its basic styling and overall profile with the standard issue R8 V10 Plus, but the LMX variant stands out thanks to additions such as lower profile tires on lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, the use of a special carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the construction of items such as the front splitter, rear Audi R8 LMXdiffuser, and decklid cover, as well as a large rear spoiler which helps keep the rear end planted during spirited driving. While CFRP’s high cost of production currently keeps it from being used in mainstream offerings, Audi claims that the material will eventually be available on some of its more mass produced offerings in the next few years which should help improve fuel economy and performance thanks to the weight savings that the material provides versus whats currently used.

The LMX’s trump card though is not its CFRP components, but rather its headlights which feature the company’s new laser high beam technology as standard equipment. The new laser based system offers twice the illumination range ( 1,640 feet) versuAudi R8 LMXs conventional units thanks to a special module which shoots a tiny blue laser beam into a special phosphor converter which transforms the beam into usable white light. The system is active at speeds higher than 37 mph and has the capability to adjust the intensity and brightness of the beam projected when it senses another vehicle in its range which will please drivers concerned about the system possibly blinding them during night time driving. This system also trumps rival BMW which offers laser tinged high beams of its own on the i8 hybrid, but only as a piece of optional equipment.

The interior of the LMX also retains the basic layout seen in other R8’s, but handsome blue stitching on the black Nappa leather leather sport buckets, headliner, and door panels add some much needed contrast to thAudi R8 LMXe otherwise dark and teutonic inspired surroundings which have always been a gripe of ours ever since the R8 debuted. In addition, even more CFRP is used in other areas of the interior which helps trim weight even more, while also looking cool and sporty at the same time which should please style conscious drivers looking to project the LMX’s performance intent to lucky passengers .

Performance for the Audi R8 LMX is derived from a tweaked version of the V10 Plus’s familiar 5.2 liter V10 engine which now produces a healthy 570 horsepower (a gain of 10 over the R8 V10 GT), and a healthy 398 lb-ft of torque. These figures not only help the LMX claim the distinction of being the most powerful street legal R8 model ever built by the factory, but also allow the car to make the sprint to 62 mph in a swift 3.4 seconds before reaching a final top speed of 198 mph (two mph shy of the 200 mph mark). All of this power is transmitted through a seven speed S tronic gearbox which should do a good job keeping the LMX ahead of rivals at the local racetrack, while also offering smooth shifts and good fuel economy during city commutes.

Look for the Audi R8 LMX to officially begin sales next month when it will make its formal debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Pricing will not be cheap with base prices starting at 160,025 ( $270,000 when conversion rates are applied) for each of the 99 copies that will be produced. At the moment, Audi does not plan to bring the LMX to buyers here in the U.S. due to laws that target its laser headlight technology and prohibit it from being used. Similar laws also keep the company from bringing its sequential turn signal and Matrix Beam technology stateside which is a shame since it deprives customers the chance of experiencing all three of these revolutionary technologies.