Jaguar Project 7 Blends F-Type and Le Mans Victories


  • Jaguar Project 7 Picture

    Jaguar Project 7 Picture

    The Jaguar Project 7 will make its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. | July 10, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Jaguar Project 7, a one-off design study based on the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, will make its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
  • The name refers to Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories between 1951-'90.
  • The Jaguar Project 7 is equipped with the automaker's supercharged 550-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine.

GOODWOOD, England — The Jaguar Project 7, a one-off design study based on the 2014 Jaguar F-Type, will make its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The name refers to Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories between 1951-'90. The blue paint treatment harks back to the Jaguar D-Type cars of 1956-'57.

The Jaguar Project 7 is equipped with the automaker's supercharged 550-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine linked to an eight-speed ZF transmission. The Project 7 has a top speed of 186 mph and sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

The car started as an experimental sketch by Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri, who drew a single-seat sports car with a dramatic profile and race-inspired livery.

"When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat F-Type, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further," said Ian Callum, Jaguar design director.

The car went from a sketch to reality in just four months.

Jaguar points out that the most prominent change is the new D-Type-inspired rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop. The convertible top system has been scratched.

Details include a carbon-fiber front air splitter, side skirts, a large rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler. The carbon-fiber and aluminum mirrors are derived from the Jaguar C-X16 concept.

The Jaguar Project 7 rides on 20-inch forged-alloy wheels with carbon-fiber inserts.

In the cabin, the driver sits in a composite bucket set which is 1.2 inches lower than the stock seat. A unique detail is a helmet holder, which cradles a custom helmet.

The Jaguar Project 7 will be on display at Goodwood starting July 12.

Edmunds says: The Jaguar Project 7 showcases the automaker's winning ways on the track and in the design studio.

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