Joining Jaguars lineup of classics and mental fresh from the packet offerings at this weeks Goodwood Festival of Speed will be THIS awesome D-Type-inspired F-Type Project 7 Concept.
Pick that jaw of yours up off the ground, wipe away the dribble and pay attention for a moment. Just when you thought the Jaguar F-Type couldn’t get any cooler, Jaaag have unleashed this, the ‘Project 7’. If you’re into your history, or you’re James May, then you’ll know that Jaguar has taken overall victory at Le Mans precisely seven times, hence the name.
It all started when Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri, a man who we’d presume could impress girls just by telling them his dreamy name, decided to combine his love of the F-Types gorgeous lines with his love of exuberant circuit driving. When Jaguars design boss, Ian Callum, saw Pieri’s pencil work he “felt enthused by it”.
Four months later the car was a complete, track-gobbling monster. Beneath the metal it’s pretty much standard F-Type fare, but the car sits 10mm lower on retuned springs and dampers. The windshield has also been lowered and it er, has no roof. At all. But that doesn’t matter because in-place of the roof bits is that D-Type inspired rear fairing with integrated roll hoop. It’s an awesome design cue. The paint scheme has also been designed to be reminiscent of the winning D-Types of 1956 and ’57. Other cool bits? There’s a large rear wing at the back set to a fourteen degree ‘angle of attack’, carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and bonnet louvers. The wheels also have carbon fiber ‘blades’ in them.
Oh, and the power. Naturally, the standard engine from the F-Type V8 S has been tweaked, so it now delivers 542hp – up 50hp -, and 0-62mph takes 4.2 seconds – 0.1 seconds less than before. It’s also been fitted with a less restrictive exhaust system to let those aurally delightful gasses flow more freely, and to please the ears of Goodwood festivalgoers, obviously.
Inside there’s just one composite bucket seat fitted with a four point racing harness and you sit 30mm closer to the tarmac than in the standard F-Type. In place of the passenger seat is a device dedicated only to holding your racing helmet, but not just any helmet of course, a custom helmet to match your speedy racing Jag.
The F-Type Project 7 will be on display at this weeks Goodwood Festival Of Speed along with the mental XKR-S GT, the very blue XFR-S and the XJR rocket ship limo.
Now watch this epic video from RAW DRIVING ‘Jaguar F-Type PROJECT 7 Is ANGRY’…..
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)