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 version 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 (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 variant 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.