Jaguar Project 7 to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 by
The Jaguar Project 7 is no static concept, it's a potent sportscar.

The Project 7 is no static concept, it’s a potent sportscar.

Jaguar’s Project 7 concept will make a dynamic debut at the 2013 on 12th July. Project 7 is based the Jaguar F-TYPE, the all-new, two-seater, convertible sports car and winner of the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award.

Key exterior design changes include a fairing behind the driver’s head; bespoke carbon-fibre components – a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windshield and restyled front bumper. The interior features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim. Project 7’s name acknowledges Jaguar’s winning of Le Mans seven times between 1951-1990 and its blue paintwork is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.

Project 7 is a fully-functional, high-performance sports car, with power coming from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550hp/680Nm form – an increase of 55hp and 55Nm over the F-TYPE V8 S.

The car will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The car will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mike Cross, Jaguar’s Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity said “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. 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.”

Under Director of Design, Ian Callum, Project 7 went from being an experimental sketch by Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri to the track in just four months.

Pieri drew a single-seater sports car with a swooping profile, cut-down windscreen and race-inspired livery.

“As a team our challenge was to take this germ of an idea, work within the limitations of production feasibility, and create something worthwhile. 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,” said Callum.

The fairing behind the driver is reminiscent of the Le Mans winning D-Types

The fairing behind the driver is reminiscent of the Le Mans winning D-Types

With a clay model signed off, Jaguar’s engineering team worked closely with the design team to ensure that the build stayed true to the concept.

For Project 7, the F-TYPE’s two key ‘heartlines’ remain, the most prominent change being the completely new, D-type-inspired, rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops down from behind the driver’s head. The roof system has been completely removed.

Aerodynamic modifications include a carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, large rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler with a 14-degree angle of attack, giving Project 7 a low, unified, muscular stance

The Project 7 car is strictly a one-seater. The custom helmet gets its own space where the passenger would sit.

The Project 7 car is strictly a one-seater. The custom helmet gets its own space where the passenger would sit.

The driver sits in a composite bucket seat, lowered by 30mm, and is gripped by a four-point racing harness. The passenger seat is replaced by a unique helmet holder, which carries a custom-designed Project 7 helmet.

The seat and the insides of the doors are finished in a quilted racing-style diamond pattern. There are carbon-fibre inserts on the console and SportShift lever, the start-stop button is gloss black and the steering wheel is equipped with machined aluminium paddles.

 

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