Less than two weeks after announcing the formation of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, the U.K.-based automaker has confirmed it will build a limited run of ultra-performance street-legal roadsters based on the stunning Jaguar Project 7 Concept shown at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Set to bow again at the 2014 festival, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will be the most powerful production Jaguar vehicle ever.
"The car pays homage to seven outright Jaguar Le Mans victories with distinctive design cues inspired by the Jaguar D-type which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year," noted John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. Only 250 these stunning road-going race cars will be turned out for the entire world.
Seats for two and 567 horsepower
Like its one-off precursor, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is based on the F-Type and will feature a hand-formed aluminum body set of with a number of carbon fiber elements including its extended front splitter, side skirts/vents, rear deck/diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler. It rides on a set of staggered-width gloss black Storm alloy wheels wrapped in 255/35 front and 295/30 rear performance tires. This new ultra-Jag features a custom Bimini soft top that clips to the header rail and can be either folded or quickly removed and stowed in the trunk. In making its transition from concept to the real world, the F-Type Project 7 also gained a second seat and corresponding carbon-fiber rollover hoop.
Although the F-Type Project 7 is fitted with Jag's 5.0-liter supercharged V8, the power has been upped from the concept's 542 horses to an even stouter 567 - 25 more than the F-type R Coupe - and the engine gets a switchable Active Sport Exhaust that reduces back pressure and gives it a throatier roar. Teamed with a modified version of Jaguar's 8-speed Quickshift automatic and driving the rear wheels through a second-generation Electronic Active Differential, it develops sufficient force to send the 3,495-pound F-Type Project 7 blasting from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and on to an electronically limited top end of 186 mph. Jag does note that all of those figures are preliminary at this point.
High Tech Handling
Engineered by the group that evolved into JLR Special Ops team, the F-Type Project 7's suspension also gains more capability thanks to a host of bespoke touches that range from custom front uprights and height-adjustable springs/dampers to unique anti-roll bars. The car features specific calibration for the Adaptive Damping and Dynamic Stability Control systems which can be selected via the car's 8.0-inch central touchscreen. These systems work in concert with the Dynamic Mode setting and Torque Vectoring by Braking to maximize traction, cornering agility and steering feel. Fade-free stopping power comes from Jaguar's Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes.
The cabin of the F-Type Project 7 reprises the look of the original concept, with its competition-themed cues that include lightweight carbon fiber shell seats covered in diamond quilted leather (and available with 4-point racing harnesses), machined-aluminum shifter paddles and carbon fiber accent elements along with all a commemorative plaque between the seats featuring designer Ian Callum's signature.
Deliveries for the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 are expected to begin in mid-2015. Pricing in Europe is expected to start in the $225,000-$235,000 range, and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see a similar figure for Jaguar F-Type Project 7 models destined for America. We should know more details about U.S.-spec vehicles later this year.