Jaguar has allowed its engineers and designers to ‘play’ with the new F-Type in order to celebrate the seven Le Mans victories achieved in the past: as result we have the Jaguar Project 7 Concept, a single seater roadster with 550 horsepower.
Jaguar F-Type was changed to celebrate the seven victories from Le Mans between 1951 and 1990. The exhibit is called Jaguar Project 7 and is a roadster concept with an aluminum bodywork based on the platform of F-Type. The design is inspired by the D-Type model and applies to the new F-Type some retro finishing touches. However, there are many carbon fiber elements, and the 20-inch wheels fitted with Pirelli P Zero tires (255/30 front and 295/30 rear) are anything but retro.
Jaguar Project 7 Concept – Design & Engine
The prototype has a single-seat configuration, the passenger seat being replaced by a special storage compartment for the helmet, which is painted in the colors of the car. The sole occupant of the Jaguar Project 7 Concept is pampered with a quality leather interior, carefully stitched in a “diamond” pattern, and with a competition seat belt equipped with four fixing points.
The Jaguar Project 7 Concept is a model that allowed the British car manufacturer’s engineers, led by Director of Design, Ian Callum, to engage their creativity and work out on ideas that might be put on a production car.
Jaguar Project 7 Concept engine – 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, delivering 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque (680 Nm). The engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic Quickshift transmission which sends the traffic to the rear wheels via an electronically controlled differential lock, thus providing an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 4.1 seconds.
The top speed of the concept is electronically limited to 186 mph (300 km/h). Jaguar Project 7 Concept also boasts with a sport suspension, an electronically controlled rear differential and a sport exhaust with catalysts and soundproofing elements.
The name comes from the 7 victories of the Jaguar in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, while the blue color comes from the 1956/1957 racing D-Type model.
Jaguar Project 7 Concept will be part of a dynamic debut – tomorrow at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 12th).
“The overriding dynamic aim when developing F-TYPE was ensuring connected feel; 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.”
“Jaguar’s sporting bloodline and innovative ambition are perfectly embodied by Project 7, both through its sensual design, and its shattering performance. Project 7′s Goodwood debut will provide a great stage to showcase the creativity of our design and engineering teams.”
“When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat F-TYPE, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further. As designers, our very purpose is to disrupt – to turn the norm on its head and see if it still works – and here at Jaguar, we love to push the boundaries.
“As a team our challenge was to take this gem of an idea, work within the limitations of production feasibility, and create something worthwhile. So I encouraged Cesar and Alister Whelan, Chief Designer, Jaguar, to take it to the next stage and develop a workable concept, and with the support of key departments across the business, Project 7 was born.”
“When you look at this car, it has got an enormous amount of appeal. It’s just full of desire – you can see that its sole purpose is to be enjoyed. Project 7 is a very special car – not just because it’s a one-off, but because of its purity of purpose. It’s pure Jaguar.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
Jaguar Project 7 Concept Video
Jaguar Project 7 Concept Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Jaguar Project 7 Concept via Jaguar