- 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.