Jaguar is unveiling at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed the new Jaguar Project 7 concept, which is derived from the Jaguar F-Type two-seater convertible sports car. The moniker Project 7 pays tribute to the number of times that Jaguar won the prestigious Le Mans race (seven times) between 1951 and 1990. Its blue finish pays homage to the winning Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.
Of course, Project 7 boasts of a number of exterior tweaks like a fairing at the back of the driver's head as well as a number of carbon fiber components like a new front splitter, rear diffuser and side skirts. Exterior features also include a restyled front bumper and a lowered windshield and. The new Project 7 also comes with distinct interior elements like a helmet holder and a composite single-seat with racing harness. A custom trim is also included.
Unlike other studies, Project 7 isn’t a static concept. Instead, it is a fully-functional, high-performance sports car underpinned by the all-aluminum of the Jaguar F-Type. It is powered by Jaguar's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that is tuned to deliver 550 PS of output and 680 Nm of torque, which is F-Type V8 S by 55 PS and 55 Nm.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer for Vehicle Integrity at Jaguar, remarked that in developing the F-Type, their goal was to ensure a connected feel to driver-focused sports car that isn’t just agile and fast, but is also fun. After achieving this goal with the F-Type, Jaguar opted to go further with Project 7. Cross called the Project 7 concept as visceral in its response, its sound and its performance.