First model from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations announced for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on June 20, 2014

For the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar announced that it will unveil the first new product from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division. Although it didn’t give us any details we expect a sporty model powered by their 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine found on the other R-S models and delivering 550 hp.

In addition, Jaguar said that it will being at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed victorious models of the racing such as the D-Type, XJS TWE and the XJR-9, which will tackle the famous 1.16-mile hill climb.

The Jaguar D-Type marks its 60th anniversary and the British manufacturer will being the original 1954 D-type prototype as well as the 1965 ‘Lon Nose’ model that will be drive by ex-Grand Prix racer Bruno Senna.

“Other Jaguar Heritage competition racers in action at Goodwood will include the iconic ‘Group 44’ E-type, the Group-A XJS TWR and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 LM, the latter being reunited with one of its victorious team drivers; Andy Wallace. ” said the press release.

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its new Jaguar Project 7 concept at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. This new concept is derived from the Jaguar F-Type two-seater, convertible sports car that managed to bag the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award.

The new Jaguar Project 7 concept is marked by a number design tweaks that differentiate it from the F-Type. A number of these were made in carbon fiber, like the new front splitter, lowered windshield and restyled front bumper as well as new rear diffuser and new side skirts. Inside, the new Project 7 is marked by a composite single-seat with racing harness as well as a helmet holder and custom trim. As for its moniker, Project 7 pays tribute to the fact that Jaguar managed to secure victory at Le Mans seven times between 1951 and 1990. Its blue paintwork, meanwhile, evokes the legendary Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.

Astoundingly, the Project 7 is not just a design study, but it is fully functional and is a true high-performance sports car. Underpinning this concept is the same rigid all-aluminum architecture that underpins the F-Type, while power is derived from Jaguar's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 550 PS of output and 680 Nm of torque, making it more powerful than the mill inside the F-Type V8 S (plus 55 PS and 55 Nm).

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer for Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar, remarked that they set a dynamic goal for the development of the F-Type -- to create a true, driver-focused sports car that isn't just agile and fast, but is also fun. After achieving this with the F-Type, Jaguar embarked on a journey to take things further. This resulted to Project 7, which he described as visceral in its response, its sound and in its performance.

Aside from having a more powerful engine, the rear-wheel drive Project 7 also features Jaguar's eight-speed Quickshift gearbox and electronic active differential. With ride height that is lower than that of the F-Type by 5 mm, Project 7 is fitted with a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic finish and a distinct spring/damper tune.

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