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Jaguar ‘Project 7’ 550bhp F-Type pays homage to past glories

No, you can’t buy it, drive it or even touch it. But you can at least stare longingly at these sexy pictures of Jaguar’s glorious Project 7 F-Type.

The Project 7 F-Type – so-called because it’s a celebration of the fact Jaguar has won Le Mans seven times – is essentially an F-Type gone bonkers. Its already potent 5.0 V8 supercharged engine has been given an increase of 55PS and 55Nm over the standard F-Type V8 S, bringing the total to 550 ponies. 0-60mph drops one tenth of a second from 4.2 seconds to 4.1 seconds, but in-gear acceleration is expected to be savage beyond words.

While the Project 7 F-Type resembles the standard F-Type at first glance, there’s plenty that sets it aside. Its windshield has been lowered and its front bumper restyled. Jaguar has also ditched the passenger seat, and there are plenty of carbon fibre embellishments such as a new front splitter, side-skirts and rear diffuser.

Other distinguishing features include fairing behind the head of the driver (that tubey thing), a composite driver’s seat with racing harness, helmet holder and a helmet with a matching blue paintjob. Step inside and you will see custom diamond quilted trim on the doors as well as carbon fibre on the console and SportShift lever.

It’s also sits 10mm lower than the standard F-Type V8 S road car, has a loud free-flow exhaust and springs and dampers tuned to help it negotiate bends at higher speed.

The Project 7 F-Type was created by a team lead by Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, and is meant to really show what the F-Type can do if you give it the sort of training regime seen in The Kickboxer and a course of steroids.

“The overriding dynamic aim when developing F-TYPE was ensuring connected feel; it’s a true, driver-focused sports car; agile, immediate, fast and, of course, fun,” chief engineer or vehicle integrity at Jaguar Mike Cross said. “Having achieved that for the road, Project 7 has given us a unique opportunity to go that little bit further. It’s visceral in every sense – its response, its sound and its sheer performance. I’m very much looking forward to driving it at Goodwood.”

We’ve yet to take the F-Type V8 S for a spin but Jaguar was kind enough to let us loose in the mid-range V6 S and that was pleasantly quick. If you want to see one in the flesh, head down to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Jaguar Project 7 F-Type pictures

 

 

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