Just in time for the 60th anniversary of the iconic D-Type racer, Jaguar announced that it will build the F-Type Project 7. Set to make its public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new F-Type Project 7 promises to be the most performance-focused derivative of the F-Type range.
In addition, the Project 7 will also be the most powerful production model to date as it is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that generates 575 hp and 680 Nm of torque. With a total weight of 1585 kg, the F-Type Project 7 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds), while top speed is electronically limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph.
The engine is bolted to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission, while power is sent to the rear wheels through the second-generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Due to the power increase, Jaguar offers the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as standard as well as the Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) which, working in conjuction with the EAD offers precise handling.
Morever, the F-Type Project 7 features aerodynamic design elements made from carbon fiber and a new suspension set-up. The design of the car is not new as the concept version of the Project 7 was unveiled back in 2013.
As we said, the Project 7 pays tribute to the three-time Le Mans winning D-Type and some of the key design elements are the D-Type-inspired fairing located behind the driver’s head, a shorter windshield, redesigned front bumper, carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and an adjustable rear spoiler.
F-Type Project 7 offers two seats, with rollover hoops for both the driver and passenger integrated into the design. There is also a Switchable Active Sports Exhaust system with four matt-black ceramic coated, outboard-mounted tailpipes.
The design is completed by the 20-inch Storm alloy wheels in gloss black wrapped in high-performance Continental ForceContact tyres. Behind the front wheels we find 398mm brake discs with six-piston monobloc calipers, while the rear wheels get 380 mm discs and four-piston monobloc calipers.
As expected, the F-Type Project 7 will be built by company’s Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division and will be produced in a limited-edition run of up to 250 units. Deliveries will begin from mid-2015.