Jaguar F-type Project 7 confirmed

  •  Road-legal Project 7 roadster has 567bhp
  •  Carbonfibre aero kit; 0-60mph in 3.8sec
  •  Limited production run of 250 cars
 
  • Jaguar Project 7 production car has 567bhp

    Jaguar Project 7 production car has 567bhp

  • Road-legal two-seat roadster will do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds

    Road-legal two-seat roadster will do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds

  • Large GT racing-style rear spoiler and quad matt black exhaust tips at the back

    Large GT racing-style rear spoiler and quad matt black exhaust tips at the back

  • Deeper bumper includes carbonfibre upper part of front splitter

    Deeper bumper includes carbonfibre upper part of front splitter

  • Interior features carbonfibre inlays and an Alcantara steering wheel

    Interior features carbonfibre inlays and an Alcantara steering wheel

  • Driver and passenger sit in diamond pattern quilted leather bucket seats

    Driver and passenger sit in diamond pattern quilted leather bucket seats

  • The Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake discs measure 398mm up front and 380mm at the rear

    The Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake discs measure 398mm up front and 380mm at the rear

  • Weight savings extend to the headlight covers

    Weight savings extend to the headlight covers

  • The quad tailpipes produce some terrific music when the engine is revved

    The quad tailpipes produce some terrific music when the engine is revved

  • The F-type Project 7 was inspired by the Jaguar D-type

    The F-type Project 7 was inspired by the Jaguar D-type

  • The adjustable rear spoiler is made of carbonfibre

    The adjustable rear spoiler is made of carbonfibre

  • Overall height is 11.4cm lower than that of the F-type convertible

    Overall height is 11.4cm lower than that of the F-type convertible

  • Project 7 concept had one seat. The production car gets two

    Project 7 concept had one seat. The production car gets two

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Jaguar has confirmed its F-type Project 7 concept car will go into production as a limited-run two-seat roadster hand-built by the newly formed Jaguar-Land Rover Special Operations (SVO) team.

A prototype identical to the production car was unveiled today at Goodwood Motor Circuit and will appear at the Festival of Speed later this week.

With the exception of a rollbar hoop behind the passenger’s head, the F-type Project 7 remains true to the concept car’s styling. The most obvious addition over the F-type roadster is the scooped fairing built into the rear deck – it’s inspired by the D-type Le Mans winners of the 1950s – while the Project 7 name is inspired by the seven Le Mans-winning cars Jaguar produced. A deeper front spoiler, aerodynamic bodykit and GT racing-style rear spoiler complete the look.

The Project 7 uses the same supercharged 5.0-litre V8 as the Jaguar F-type R Coupe, but it’s tuned to develop 567bhp and 501lb ft of torque. Power is delivered through the eight-speed Quickshift automatic, and 0-60mph takes just 3.8 seconds; it will be Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful production model to date.

Extensive use of lightweight materials means that it tips the scales at 80kg less than the F-type V8 S, at 1585kg. The upper front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler are all made from carbonfibre. There’s no folding fabric roof, either. Instead, a lightweight tube-framed Bimini roof clips onto the header rail when needed, or folds and stows in the boot when it’s not.

The Project 7 has a bespoke suspension set-up, and the front wheels are angled further inwards at the top to increase grip. A torque-vectoring system means that it can also brake the inside wheels to reduce understeer. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, too, to boost stopping power and reduce brake fade, while the roadster rides on 20-inch Storm alloy wheels. The are five exterior colours: red, white, blue, black and the green shown here - the white and black cars get grey roundells instead of white ones.

Inside, the Project 7 has diamond-pattern quilted leather bucket seats, carbonfibre dashboard inlays and an Alcantara steering wheel.

Paul Newsome, director of SVO who came to Jaguar from the Williams F1 team, said: 'Project 7 is a fully road-legal car and sets the benchmark for high-performance Jaguars. It was developed primarily on the race track, but has also been engineered for use on the road.'

Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said: 'Project 7 is the perfect contemporary emdodiment of the D-type that inspired it. It's the first of what will be a great journey for us.'

Jaguar’s Special Operations division is tasked with building ‘halo’ cars for the most demanding customers. The company says the new roadster will be built as a limited run of up to 250 cars.

Prospective buyers will be able to see the production-spec car on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from June 27-29. Orders are now being taken and the first customer deliveries will begin in the summer of 2015.

Jaguar remains tight-lipped about the F-type Project 7's price, although it is believed it'll start at around £120,000. The full range of bespoke options are likely to push that up to beyond £150,000.

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