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Goodwood Festival of Speed: Jaguar Project 7 takes a bow

Published 10 July 2013

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has has established itself as one of the prime events for manufacturers to show off their prototypes and concept cars. Jaguar's Project 7 is continues the trend, making its dynamic debut at the Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on 12 July.

The Project 7 is based on the F-Type, but is more focused as a driver's car, featuring a raft of visual changes to emphasise the car's link with its maker's competition history, is is so-called because Jaguar won Le Mans seven times. The rumour mill in the run-up to the Festival of Speed had run into overdrive, speculating that the coupe version of the F-Type would make its debut, but instead, a fascinating performance concept will roar up the hill instead.

It's a handsome car - the main changes over the F-Type are its Porsche 911 Speedster-style fairing behind the driver’s head, and a number of bespoke carbonfibre components – a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windscreen and restyled front bumper. Inside, it's distinguished by a composite single-seat and racing harness.

Ian Callum was charged with developing how the Project 7 looks. 'When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat F-Type, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further. So I encouraged Cesar and Alister Whelan, Chief Designer, Jaguar, to take it to the next stage and develop a workable concept, and with the support of key departments across the business, Project 7 was born.'

Powering it is a tweaked version of Jaguar’s vocal 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm form. That should give the Project 7 a useful boost over the V8 S it's based upon. One thing we do know is that it's going to sound good – Project 7 features a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic finish. We'll have to wait and see how well it drives, but JLR's feted chassis guru Mike Cross is confident: '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.'

Project 7: Technical Specification

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION  
Engine Capacity (cc) 5000
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke (mm) 92.5/93.0
Bore/stroke (inches) 3.64/3.66
Transmission Eight-speed ‘Quickshift’
PERFORMANCE  
0-60mph (sec) 4.1
0-100km/h (sec) 4.2
50-75mph (sec) 2.4
80-120km/h (sec) 2.4
Top speed - electronically limited (mph) 186
Top speed - electronically limited (km/h) 300
Power (PS@rpm) 550@6500
Power (kW@rpm) 405@6500
Torque (lb ft@rpm) 502@2500-5500
Torque (Nm@rpm) 680@2500-5500
Wheels 20-inch Blade forged-alloy
Tyres Pirelli P Zero 255/30/20 (front) / 295/30/20 (rear)

 

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