Jaguar already unveiled the limited edition F-Type Project 7 a.k.a. its lightest version of the F-Type at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but it appears that the British manufacturer has a new project. According to Auto Express, Jaguar wants even more and is preparing a new version of the F-Type that will be even lighter than the F-Type Project 7.
These words came from Paul Newson, the director of Jaguar Land Rover’s newly created Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. And now listen to the interesting part: in order to make the F-Type lighter, Jaguar could use the technology found on the C-X75 Concept, that was powered by a 1.6-liter supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine.
Newson said that the Project 7 is 80 kg lighter than the standard F-Type, but thanks to lighter engines the car could become lighter. On the C-X75 Concept, the 1.6-liter engine could rev to 10,000 rpm and was capable to deliver 500 hp.
The problem is that the engine was designed for a $1.7 million supercar, which means that using the small petrol powerplant on the F-Type would be expensive. Nweson added that it could work well.
In addition, he said that in the longer term the company will stop using the 5.0-liter V8 engines, which is not quite a surprise for us as all the carmakers are downsizing with high-pressure engines.
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 575 hp and 680 Nm of torque. With a total weight of 1585 kg and with power delivered to the rear wheels, the F-Type Project 7 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph.