Jaguar Project 7 Unveiled Ahead of Goodwood Debut [Photo Gallery]
Based on the brand-new F-Type and inspired by the iconic D-Type, the Project 7 was designed to honor Jaguar’s seven victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which were achieved between 1951 and 1990.
Set to make its dynamic debut at Goodwood, the Project 7 was created by a team led by Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, and completed in only four months. Built as an all-aluminum bodied roadster, the Project 7 inherits the D-Type’s single-seater setup, cut-down windscreen and fairing and adds bespoke carbon fiber components and a unique interior. To make it even more striking, Jaguar “wrapped” the Project 7 in the stunning Ecurie Ecosse livery that decorated the D-Type in 1956 and 1957, when it won the Le Mans for the second and third consecutive time.
Under the hood, the Project 7 sports the company’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 550 HP and 680 Nm of torque, which translates into a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of only 4.1 seconds.
“Project 7 is a single-seater sports car based on the F-TYPE, with the kind of racing-inspired form that designers dream about. It has one purpose: to be driven fast and enjoyed. Jaguar sports cars are known for exceptional performance and clean design. Project 7 captures that spirit in its purest form,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design.
The Jaguar Project 7 will be driven at Goodwood by Mike Cross, the company’s chief engineer of vehicle integrity.
For some reason - it probably has something to do with the petrol running through our veins - we would like to see the Project 7 in a head-to-head track battle against Aston Martin’s DBR1-inspired CC100 concept.
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