Jaguar F-TYPE PROJECT 7 debuts at Le Mans Classic (Photos & Video)
Jaguar F-TYPE PROJECT 7 is made by a new Special Operations Division of Jaguar Land Rover. This division is created in a bid to tap the best of talent and expertise, so as to bring out elite products and privileged services catering to the demands of cars that push the limit.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations Team comprises 150 JLR specialists working on products high on performance and of supreme luxury besides restoration of heritage models. Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team of expert designers and engineers is led by Paul Newsome, Director of Special Vehicle Operations, who was earlier with Williams Advanced Engineering. Under Newsome’s tutelage, the team will offer a range of state of the art products and services besides extended color palette and accessories list.
Besides this Special Operations Division, JLR is also setting up a new and exclusive Technical Center in West Midlands area of UK which will have an F1 inspired workshop besides an exclusive and fully automatic paint facility. The Heritage Workshop will cater to the production of light weight E Types which have been recently introduced by Jaguar.
The formation of JLR’s Special Operations Division demonstrates the automakers’ customer centric commitment as they introduce more exciting and desirable products which will go a long way in reinforcing the brand image. The first vehicle from JLR’s new Special Operations division is a Jaguar Project 7 F-Type Roadster production version revealed last month at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014.
The showing of Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 also marked celebrations of D Type’s 60th anniversary which was driven by Gary Pearson and Journalist Chris Harris. F TYPE Project 7 demonstration laps were accompanied by the first D Type and a fleet of F Type R Coupes.
Known as Jaguar’s fastest production car to date, the F Type Project 7 is powered by a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 petrol engine capable of 575 PS peak power and 680 Nm peak torque. This engine steers the Jaguar F Type Project 7 from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.8 seconds allowing it to reach a top speed of 300 kmph.
The two seater, road legal, F Type Project 7 will measure 4519 mm in length, 1923 mm in width and 1277 mm in height. It will sit on Pirelli P Zero tyres which are standard or Continental Force Contact tyres with are offered as an option. Jaguar F Type Project 7 will enter production at the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Division and will be seen in an all aluminium body with carbon fibre aerodynamic accents. Race inspired seats, carbon ceramic brakes, torque vectoring by braking and reduced weight by 80 kgs are some other outstanding features of the F Type Project 7.
With Jaguar F Type Project 7 deliveries to commence in mid 2015, there are also confirmed reports that Projects 8, 9 and 10 are underway at Special Vehicles Operations Division, though no details are mentioned.
Jaguar F-TYPE PROJECT 7 makes world dynamic debut as D-type wins Le Mans Classic
- F-TYPE Project 7 made its world dynamic debut in front of packed crowds at Le Mans Classic this weekend as Jaguar also celebrated the D-type’s 60th anniversary
- The Jaguar-entered D-type driven by Gary Pearson and journalist Chris Harris took overall victory in Grid 3 – for cars from 1957-1961
- F-TYPE Project 7 completed demonstration laps throughout the weekend alongside the very first D-type, and with fleet of F-TYPE R Coupés
- F-TYPE Project 7 will be Jaguar’s fastest production car to date: with 575PS and 680Nm from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, it will reach 60mph in 3.8-sec (0-100 km/h in 3.9-sec) with a top speed of 186mph (300km/h)
F-TYPE Project 7 – the most powerful and fastest production Jaguar to date – made its dynamic debut in front of packed crowds during the Le Mans Classic race meeting over the weekend of 4-6 July.
In celebration of the Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary – a car which won at Le Mans three times and which inspired Project 7’s genesis – F-TYPE Project 7 completed its demonstration laps throughout the weekend alongside the very first D-type ever built, and with several examples of the all-new F-TYPE R Coupé.
On-track, numerous Jaguars were competing throughout the 24 hours of Le Mans Classic, but the highlight was the victory in Grid 3 (for cars from 1957-1961) by the Jaguar-entered D-type driven by Gary Pearson and journalist Chris Harris.
F-TYPE Project 7 is a fully road-legal two-seater roadster, which will be built by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly established Special Operations division. Of all aluminium construction and with bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids, a unique suspension tune, 80kg weight reduction and 575PS power output, F-TYPE Project 7 will deliver a truly focused driving experience. Carbon Ceramic brakes, Torque Vectoring by Braking and race-inspired seats are all standard features.
2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION*
*All figures are manufacturer’s estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production
|ENGINE & TRANSMISSION|
|Engine capacity (cc)||5000|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Top speed (mph)||186, electronically limited|
|Top speed (km/h)||300, electronically limited|
|Torque (lb ft@rpm)||502@2500-5500|
|Wheels||20-inch ‘Storm’ alloy,
in gloss black
|Tyres – size||255/35/20 (front)295/30/20 (rear)|
|Tyres – makeStandard:
|Pirelli P Zero
|Width excl (mm)||1923|
|Width excl (in)||75.7|
|Height (mm, without roof)||1277|
|Height (in, without roof)||50.3|
|Fuel tank capacity (litres)||72|
|Fuel tank capacity (gallons)||15.8|