Goodwood preview: Jaguar F-Type Project 7by Ronan Glon
The Project 7 is the fastest production Jaguar ever built.
Jaguar will travel to this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed to unveil a limited-edition variant of the called Project 7. Like the that will debut at the same event, the Project 7 was designed by Jaguar - Land Rover's newly-formed .
The Project 7 is nearly identical to the that debuted at last year's edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Named as a tribute to Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories, the Project 7 boasts a race-ready look with a D-Type-inspired fairing behind the driver's headrest and numerous carbon fiber aerodynamic add-ons including a front splitter and an adjustable rear spoiler. 20-inch alloy wheels mounted on Pirelli P Zero tires finish off the look.
While the concept was a single-seater in order to pay homage to the iconic D-Type, the production model offers space for two passengers and nearly seven cubic feet of cargo. The cockpit is equipped with sport seats, a touch screen-based infotainment system and numerous carbon fiber components.
The Project 7 is powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that sends 566 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 3,500-pound Project 7 can reach 60 mph from a stop in 3.8 seconds - a figure that makes it the fastest production Jaguar ever built - and go on to a top speed of 186 mph.
Standard carbon ceramic brakes and a torque vectoring system help keep the power in check.
The Jaguar Project 7 will cost approximately £135,000, a sum that converts to nearly $230,000. Jaguar will build just 250 examples of the exclusive two-seater and the company promises each example will come with a model-specific metal plaque signed by Jaguar design director Ian Callum.