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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project 7: Jaguar’s Ultimate F-Type

F-TYPE Project 7 – the most powerful and fastest production
Jaguar to date – made its dynamic debut in front of
packed crowds during the Le Mans Classic race
meeting over the weekend of 4-6 July.
Photo courtesy Jaguar Land Rover Limited.
As you’ve probably heard, Jaguar’s decided to go into production with a roadster based on its Project 7 concept, which itself was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-Type, a British racer that won Le Mans three times in the 1950s. Jaguar has won the Le Mans seven times in all, hence the Project 7 name.

D-Type Jaguar at Le Mans Classic race meeting over
the weekend of 4-6 July.
Photo courtesy Jaguar Land Rover Limited.
The new roadster (above) was shown off at this month’s Le Mans Classic. Appropriately enough, a classic D-Type (seen to the right) celebrated its 60th in style by winning its class at the Le Mans Classic.






F-Type Project 7 Jaguar.
Photo courtesy Jaguar Land Rover Limited
They’re billing the new Project 7 as Jaguar’s “fastest and most powerful production Jaguar.” While I seriously question whether a car that’s being hand-built by Jaguar’s Special Operations team (doesn’t that sound like something out of a Bond movie?) and of which at most 250 will be made is really a “production” car, that’s beside the point.

F-Type Project 7 Jaguar.
Photo courtesy Jaguar Land Rover Limited
The car is gorgeous. They’ve managed to make it both modern and retro at the same time. Not sure I like the rear fairing behind the driver’s head, though. I understand it’s copying the D-type but looks a bit lopsided.

While the concept car, seen in action below, is a one-seater like the original D-Type, the production version will be a two-seater. It has an aluminum body, with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine. It’s anticipated it will do 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and will be electronically limited to 186 mph. Not surprising, given that, are the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes (standard), the racing style bucket seats, and the optional four-point racing harnesses.



I’ve put Jaguar’s promotional video for the production car below, mostly so you can hear for yourself the sound of the engine. But in case it disappears, here’s the link.




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