PROJECT 7 IS GO... MORE DETAILS ON JAGUAR’S QUICKEST EVER PRODUCTION CAR IN DETAIL F-TYPE Project 7’s power comes from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine boasting 575hp. This enables the all-aluminium-bodied car – which weighs 1585kg – to accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9 secs). Top speed is an electronically-limited 186mph (300km/h) 72 j THE PERFORMANCE ISSUE
NEWS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: PR (4) “I SAW A SKETCH BY A COLLEAGUE ON AN IPAD OF AN F-TYPE REIMAGINED AS A MODERN DAY D-TYPE. I LIKED IT SO I SAID ‘LET’S BUILD IT’. NEXT THING WE KNEW, EVERYBODY WANTED IT” Ian Callum, Director of design, Jaguar You’ll have to move almost as fast as F-TYPE Project 7 if you’re interested in buying one of the limited editions of this incredible sportscar. Now confirmed for production and making its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June, only 250 units are set to be made available worldwide. Project 7 is not only the most focused derivative of the F-TYPE range yet, but it is also the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever (575hp and 186mph). Its distinctive roadster body was introduced in concept form in the summer of 2013 and while it clearly pays tribute to the famous three-time Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, the Project 7’s key lines remain those of the World Car Design Award-winning F-TYPE sports car. These superb lines effortlessly blend with the D-Typeinspired rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops rearwards and down from behind the driver’s head. Conceived as a two-seater, F-TYPE Project 7 has a second rollover hoop, behind the passenger seat. Featuring performance-focused engineering by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), its department boss Paul Newsome says that because the cars will be built by hand in an environment inspired by his time in F1, the result will be “a level of finish that is not achievable in a mass-production facility”. The car’s speed and performance, combined with its handling and aerodynamic enhancements, make it a track car first, and a road car second, and utterly driver-focused. Utilising an all-aluminium body, it tips the scales at 1585kg – 80kg less than the F-TYPE V8 S Convertible – enabling it to accelerate from 0-60mph in a trackday-killing 3.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds) and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and secondgeneration Electronic Active Differential but the SVO engineers have also developed a bespoke transmission calibration with revised shift points and characteristics. F-TYPE Project 7 rides on 20-inch alloy wheels in gloss black, which customers can opt to have fitted with high-performance Continental Force- Contact tyres. The standard Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes are highly resistant to wear and offer consistent performance and excellent fade resistance – even during sustained extreme driving. Engaging Dynamic Mode firms up damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response and it’s all configurable via the central eight-inch touchscreen, allowing the driver to select and save settings according to their preference. “Above all, F-TYPE Project 7 is fast”, says Mike Cross, Jaguar’s chief engineer – vehicle integrity. “It uses all the key technologies we’ve proven on F-TYPE R Coupé to deliver absolute immediacy of response to all driver inputs”. F-TYPE Project 7 – named to acknowledge Jaguar’s seven historic Le Mans race wins – will be offered in five metallic colours: Ultra Blue, Italian Racing Red, British Racing Green (all with white decal options), Ultimate Black and a new colour, Glacier White (both with grey decal options). Move fast indeed. SIDE BY SIDE F-TYPE Project 7 stands proudly with its D-Type spiritual forebear after its dynamic debut at the LeMans Classic THE PERFORMANCE ISSUE j 73
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