When it was unveiled last July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar Project 7 concept seemed production-ready. Consequently 12 months on here we are, looking at the production Jaguar F-Type Project 7, the first limited-run special edition from Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.
250 examples of the hand-built, two-seat roadster will be sold globally. Power comes from a 575-hp version of the familiar 5.0-liter V8 (a 25-hp bump over the R Coupe and original Project 7 concept), which now makes it the fastest and most powerful Jaguar production car ever produced by Jaguar.
And if 500 people decide they want one, then Jaguar will have 250 unhappy customers to deal with,’ SVO boss John Edwards admits.
Carbon ceramic brakes are standard, obviously, but 7 gets an overhauled suspension set-up – there are revised knuckles for more negative camber, tweaked top mounts, and new front and rear anti-roll bars. A rudimentary removable, folding soft top is also part of the package. Its reworked body and aero package gives it 177 per cent more downforce than the convertible.
‘Project 7 has been designed and developed for a very discerning audience,’ Paul Newsome said. ‘It’s edgy, specialized and rewarding for the keen driver. It’s a car that has spent half of its development on the race track, the other half on the road.’
The D-Type looks are purely intentional; the F-Type Project 7’s release coincides with the D-Type’s 60th-anniversary celebration. Project 7 will be available in five colors: black, white, green, red and blue, all with the Ecurie Ecosse D-type-referencing nose stripe. Deliveries should be seen mid-2015 with the car expected to be priced around £135,000.