In a nod to the company's past, Jaguar has created a special version of the 2014 F-Type roadster called the Project 7 concept. Designed to look like the classic Jaguar D-Type, the speedster-inspired Project 7 concept is a running prototype that will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The project was inspired by a sketch from Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri, which design director Ian Callum liked so much that he pushed for the car to be built. Just four months later, Jaguar is ready to unveil the car publicly. The Project 7 is based on the aluminum chassis of the Jaguar F-Type V8 S, and uses that car's 550-hp, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. A freer-flowing exhaust, unique suspension tuning, and a 0.4-inch lowered ride height are the primary mechanical changes. Jaguar says the concept car can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and attain a top speed of 186 mph.
Compared to a standard Jaguar F-Type, the Project 7's windscreen has been chopped significantly, the convertible top has been removed, and a fairing that echoes that of the original Jaguar D-Type sits behind the driver's seat. The driver sits in a racing seat that is 1.2 inches lower than the mounting of a normal Jaguar F-Type seat, and is secured by a four-point racing harness; instead of a passenger seat, the left-hand side of the cockpit has a custom helmet mount. Other details include machined aluminum shift paddles, carbon-fiber inserts for the center console, and diamond-quilted door panels.
On the outside, a new rear wing sits at a 14-degree angle, the headlight surrounds are painted gloss black, the front fascia has larger air intakes, special fender and hood louvers are made from carbon fiber. The 20-inch wheels have special carbon fiber inserts, and the carbon-fiber-and-aluminum mirrors were inspired by those on the Jaguar C-X16 concept. The Jaguar Project 7's blue paintwork and white graphics were chosen because they match the livery of the 1956/1957 Jaguar D-Type racing cars; the name Project 7 references Jaguar's seven victories at Le Mans between 1951 and 1990.
"When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat Jaguar F-Type, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further," design director Callum said in a statement. "It has one purpose: to be driven fast and enjoyed."
Although the Jaguar Project 7 is a one-off concept car, it will be used for the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Sadly, there are no plans to put the dramatic design into series production. For those of us unable to make the trip to Goodwood, the below video shows the unique Jaguar F-Type speedster blasting up a British hill climb course.