Jaguar Project 7 Will Debut At Goodwood Festival of Speed
Jaguar has announced that Project 7 will make a dynamic debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Created by the team led by Director of Design, Ian Callum, Project 7 is a one-off design study based on the acclaimed new Jaguar F-TYPE.
A single-seater, all-aluminium bodied roadster, Project 7 features a Jaguar D-type-inspired fairing, bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic components alongside a truly unique interior.
“Project 7 is a single-seater sports car based on the F-TYPE," explains Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar. "With the kind of racing-inspired form that designers dream about. It has one purpose: to be driven fast and enjoyed. Jaguar sports cars are known for exceptional performance and clean design. Project 7 captures that spirit in its purest form.”
Project 7 will be driven at Goodwood by Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar, Project 7 is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine in 550PS / 680Nm form, and will reach 60mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186mph.
“The overriding dynamic aim when developing F-TYPE was ensuring connected feel," states Mike Cross, Chief Engineer and Driver at the Festival of Speed. "It’s a true, driver-focused sports car; agile, immediate, fast and, of course, fun. Having achieved that for the road, Project 7 has given us a unique opportunity to go that little bit further. It’s visceral in every sense – its response, its sound and its sheer performance. I’m very much looking forward to driving it at Goodwood.”
Project 7’s name acknowledges Jaguar’s winning of Le Mans seven times between 1951-1990 – a record for a British manufacturer – and its blue paintwork is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.
Key exterior design changes include a fairing behind the driver’s head; bespoke carbon-fibre components – a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windshield and restyled front bumper. Project 7’s unique interior features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim.
Project 7 is not a static concept, but a fully-functional, high-performance sports car. The F-TYPE’s rigid all-aluminium architecture provides the perfect starting point, power coming from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm form – an increase of 55PS and 55Nm over the F-TYPE V8 S.