The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 gets ready to make its debut at Pebble Beach and the manufacturer announced that the brand new car will have a starting price at $165,000 excluding the $925 destination charge. For those who don’t know, the F-Type Project 7 was named in honor of seven Jaguar wins at Le Mans and was created by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
As expected, the vehicle will be offered in a limited edition and each unit will be powered by the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 575 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The vehicle has a total weight of 1,585 kg and can accelerate 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.
Engine is mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels through the second-generation Electronica Active Differential (EAD). As standard, the vehicle is offered with the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes as well as with the Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) for precise handling.
As you can see, the F-Type Project 7 offers only two seats, each featuring rollover hoops. In addition, we find matt-black ceramic coated tailpipes and 20-inch Storm alloy wheels in gloss black.
Behind the front wheels are 398 mm brake discs with six piston monobloc calipers, while the rear wheels get 380 mm discs and four-piston monobloc calipers.
F-Type Project 7 will only be offered in two standard color schemes, Glacier White and Ultra Blue, but as an option Jaguar will offer British Racing Green, Ultimate Black and Caldera Red.
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 managed to preserve the characteristic design of the original design study unveiled in 2013. This 2013 concept was actually a spare-time experiment that fused Jaguar’s then-new F-Type sports car line with the carmaker’s rich racing heritage. Thanks to the guidance of Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, this sports car concept -- featuring a swooping profile, muscular stance and a cut-down windscreen – went from paper sketch to a digital model to a prototype challenging the Goodwood hillclimb in just a few months. Now, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 has become a production car.
Callum called the F-Type Project 7 as the perfect example of how the design team could move quickly with their engineering counterparts to transform a concept vehicle to a production car. He noted that with the F-Type Project 7, the design managed to push the boundaries of possibilities without sacrificing any purity of form. Callum added that the new F-Type Project 7 is a modern embodiment of its D-Type inspiration, thanks to its contemporary and purposeful nature.
Just like the F-Type sports car, the new Jaguar F-Type Project 7 features key 'heartlines' that seamlessly blend with the D-type-inspired rear fairing section that features a rollover hoop. This section swoops from behind the head of the driver towards the rear. The new F-Type Project 7 also sports a second rollover hoop just behind the passenger seat.
The new Jaguar F-Type Project 7 boasts of a number of aerodynamic tweaks like a front splitter with a carbon fiber upper section and a molded plastic lower section. The new F-Type Project 7 also sports carbon fiber side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler. Together, these aerodynamic aids help generate 177-percent more downforce -- at a top speed of 186 mph -- than F-Type Convertible.
Carbon fiber is also the material of choice for the bonnet vents, side vent louvers, rear deck and mirror caps. Designers cut the length of the windscreen by 114 mm, resulting to an overall height lower by 30.5 mm. The new Jaguar F-Type Project 7 also features new side windows as well as a Bimini roof that clips on to the convertible header rail. When not in use, the Bimini roof can be folded and stowed in the boot area that offers up to 196 liters of storage room.