In a recent visit to Guy Salmon Jaguar Coventry, the Media Team recently got to spend some time with something very special – Jaguar’s F-Type Project 7. Making its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is a special edition F-Type that pays homage to Jaguar’s seven Le Mans wins – most notably seen through the distinctive D-Type inspired fairing behind the driver. The first Jaguar to be produced by the now well established Special Vehicle Operations department, Project 7 was designed to be not only the most exclusive F-Type ever made but also the most focussed.
The performance statistics definitely back up that claim; powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that produces 567bhp and 516lb ft of torque, F-Type Project 7 is capable of reaching 60mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds and will easily continue on to a top speed that is electronically limited at 186mph. Allowing this incredible performance, all of the power is fed to the back wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and then a second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD) to ensure optimal control.
Adding to this control, the EAD works with a clever Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) system that constantly works to move the power between the back wheels and increase the handling ability of the car. Peak stopping power comes courtesy of the Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes that are usually available as an option on the F-Type R Coupe.
To help boost the handling even further and to help Project 7 to cope with its extreme new abilities, Jaguar have also gifted it with bespoke springs and anti-roll bars that are 80% stiffer than that of the standard F-Type. It is the combination of all of these systems that helps F-Type Project 7 to really prove its position as the most focused F-Type variant out there.
Increasing the drama of this sensational car is the audacious noise that spills from the matt-black ceramic coated quad exhausts. Featuring electronically-controlled bypass valves (that should, in the media team’s opinion, always be open) the active exhaust creates an incredible sound that, even on start-up, can only really be compared to an angry giant being woken up early in the morning.
This particular car was presented in Glacier White with D-Type inspired graphics and was truly a sight to be seen. For many, every variant of Jaguar’s F-Type has been held in high regards when it comes to beautiful design – Project 7 takes this to a new level. Now in roadster guise and wearing additional carbon fibre elements, there’s something even more elegant about the curves – especially in the hue of white that is seen on this car.
Juxtapose to this elegance, however, is the aggression that is portrayed by elements like that rear diffuser that wouldn’t be out of place on a racing car. It is this perfect mixture of beauty and aggression that makes the F-Type Project 7 feel most like the D-Type; both are stunning cars that were designed to be focused on one thing – performance.
That can also be felt on the interior of F-Type Project 7. Familiar to those that have sat in an F-Type in the past, F-Type Project 7’s cabin features all of the quality that you would expect from a Jaguar but also uses materials that you would usually associate with racing cars. As such, the steering wheel is now trimmed in Alcantara and the seats are finished with a quilted racing-style diamond pattern.
After having spent an entire day with this F-Type Project 7, we can honestly say that it feels like a genuinely special car – it’s the kind of car that we hope to see out on the world’s race tracks not only right now but also in the distant future at events like Goodwood Revival. It perfectly pays homage to Jaguar’s glorious past whilst also demonstrating the ability of modern day high end sports cars.