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2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The Jaguar F-Type was launched for the 2013 model as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type . Bolted onto a shortened XK platform, the F-Type was initially introduced as a soft-top convertible . The Coupe version arrived a year later and went on sale for the 2014 model year. Both versions are powered by supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 335 horsepower to 542 ponies. As we approach the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve learned that Jaguar will actually produce the F-Type Project 7 that it rolled out as a concept in 2013.

Shortly after releasing the F-Type Roadster, Jaguar created the Project 7 design study. The concept car paid tribute to Ecurie Ecosse racing team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice with the Jaguar D-Type in the 1950s. The concept featured a D-Type -style rollover hoop behind the driver’s seat, as well as the race car’s white-striped livery. It showcased its astonishing looks at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed before going into history as one of the sexiest concept cars of the 21st century.

Coming into 2014, Jaguar commissioned its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the concept car into a production vehicle. Thus the F-Type Project 7 ditches its auto show queen status and goes to wander the streets and tracks in all of its Le Mans-inspired glory.

Updated 07/03/2014: Jaguar announced that the new F-Type Project 7 will make its dynamic debut at Le Mans Classic this weekend just in time to celebrate Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary. It will be joined by the very first D-type and other F-TYPE R Coupe models.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

Exterior

Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The F-Type Project 7 benefits from the same body kit as the concept car, which includes redesigned bumper, rear diffuser and side skirts

At first glance, the production version of the F-Type Project 7 looks identical to the concept car that preceded it, save for its left-hand drive configuration and metallic British Racing Green livery. This is far from being a bad thing, as the Project 7 is quite the looker, but there are a couple of details that set the production car apart from Ian Callum’s original study. The front splitter, for instance, is slightly wider and now wraps around the bumper. Around back, a reshaped, adjustable rear spoiler comes to replace the prototype wing seen on the concept car. Additionally, the production Project 7 gained a special roof that can be folded and stored in the boot area.

There’s also a new set of wheels featuring a five-spoke design that splits into a three-spoke configuration toward the edge of the rim. The rollers replace the milder, five-spoke, blade-like design seen on the concept car.

Other than that, the F-Type Project 7 benefits from the same body kit as the concept car, which includes a redesigned bumper, rear diffuser, and side skirts. Most of these components are made from carbon fiber and helped the Project 7 lose 26 pounds when compared to the base F-Type and no less than 176 pounds when compared to the V8 S model. Additionally, the aero kit enables the F-Type Project 7 to generate 177 percent more downforce than the F-Type Convertible at 186 mph.

D-Type-inspired rollover hoop

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The F-Type Project 7 pays tribute to the seven outright Le Mans victories obtained by Jaguar between 1951 and 1990

Another distinctive element borrowed from the concept car is the rollover hoop positioned behind the driver’s seat. The piece reminds us of the classic, Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014. A three-time Le Mans winner between 1955 and 1957, the D-Type is the most successful race car ever created by the British company.

Although the D-Type is famous for its blue and green liveries, customers will be able to order the F-Type Project 7 in a choice of five colors: Ultra Blue, Caldera Red, British Racing Green (all with white decal options), Ultimate Black and Glacier White (both with grey decal options).

2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 - Exterior Dimensions

Length (in)178
Width excl (in)75.7
Height (in, without roof)50.3
Wheelbase (in)103.2
Fuel tank capacity (gallons)15.8
Weight (lbs)3,495

Interior

Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Jaguar F-Type Project 7
Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Whereas the Project 7 Concept was created as a single-seater, the production model has its cockpit configuration modified to include a passenger seat

Whereas the Project 7 Concept was created as a single-seater — a feat mirroring the D-Type race car — the production model has its cockpit configuration modified to include a passenger seat. Both the driver and the passenger sit in lightweight, race-style bucket seats finished in a quilted-diamond pattern with white stitching. The stitching continues into the side bolsters, the center console and the door panels, adding a nice contrast to the otherwise black interior.

Highlighting the sports car’s unique flavor are the carbon-fiber veneer inserts, the machined-aluminum paddles behind the steering wheel, and the bespoke door sills featuring light-blue "Project 7" graphics. The steering wheels comes stitched in Alcantara as standard, but leather wrapping is available as an option. Rounding off the interior is a numbered plate located between the seats. The plaque is signed by Ian Callum himself and carries the vehicle’s production number - from 1 to 250.

Drivetrain

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The Project 7 is fitted with the same supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine found in the F-Type R Coupe and the Project 7 Concept, but Jug increased its output to 567 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque

The Project 7 is fitted with the same supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine found in the F-Type R Coupe and the Project 7 Concept, but Jag has increased its output to 567 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. It represents a 25-pony improvement over the R Coupe, making it the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built.

All those horses and pound-feet of twist are guided to the rear wheels by Jaguar’s familiar eight-speed Quickshift transmission and the second-gen Electronic Active Differential. However, the autobox is far from being the standard unit fitted in the regular F-Type, as Special Vehicle Operations engineers have come up with a unique calibration for quick shifting. Thanks to its total output and new transmission characteristics, the F-Type Project 7 screams from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds — 0.2 seconds faster than the R Coupe and tops out at a limited 186 mph. Unfortunately, there’s no manual transmission available to those in need of a third pedal and a stick.

Adding to these figures is the brand-new, switchable Active Sports Exhaust system that uses electronically controlled bypass valves with bespoke mapping. This technology reduces back pressure by routing exhaust gas into a free-flowing, straight-through arrangement and enhances the car’s already appealing engine note.

2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 - Drivetrain/Specifications

Engine5.0-Liter V-8
Compression ratio9.5:1
Bore/stroke (inches)3.64/3.66
TransmissionEight-Speed ’Quickshift’
0-60mph (Sec)3.8
Top speed (MPH)186, electronically limited
Power (HP @ RPM)567 @ 6,500
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)502 @ 2,500-5,500

Suspension

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Further increasing the Project 7’s handling and stability is a re-calibrated Adaptive Dynamics system that adjusts damper rates up to 500 times a second

The F-Type Project 7 benefits from numerous improvements in the suspension department. The standard front suspension knuckles have been replaced by Special Vehicle Operations-engineered parts that give the Jag an increased negative camber. The revised top mounts and the new front and rear anti-roll bars complete the track-ready setup. Specifically tailored for the F-Type Project 7, the front and rear spring and damper units are height adjustable, making the sports car suitable for various road and track conditions.

Further increasing the Project 7’s handling and stability is a re-calibrated Adaptive Dynamics system that adjusts damper rates up to 500 times a second. The Engaging Dynamic Mode setting, which is configurable via the car’s eight-inch touchscreen, enhances maneuverability through firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, and even sharper throttle response. Optimized traction and cornering ability come via Jag’s intelligent Torque Vector Vector ing by Braking (TVbB) system that applies precise amounts of braking force to each wheel. The system is standard on all Project 7s.

Stopping power is provided by Ceramic Matrix brakes at all corners, measuring 15.6 inches (398 mm) up front and 14.9 inches (380 mm) in the rear. The discs work together with six- and four-piston monobloc calipers respectively. The bespoke, 20-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in high-performance Continental ForceContact tires.

Prices

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Pricing for the F-Type Project 7 is not available as of 06/25/2014, but expect Jaguar to spill the beans following the sports car’s debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Only 250 units will be built and sold globally, which means this special-edition Jag will get to rev its engine in the United States as well.

Competitors

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

Since Aston Martin has no plans to put the gorgeous CC100 Speedster Concept into production, the Vanquish Volante remains the sole British-made competitor for the F-Type Project 7. The two-seater carries a naturally aspirated, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine under its hood that injects 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It needs 4.1 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph, making it 0.3 seconds slower than the F-Type Project 7, and reaches its top speed at 183 mph.

Luxury-wise, the Vanquish Volante packs way more amenities than the F-Type, which reflects into the convertible’s huge price tag. The sports car fetches at least $297,995 in the United States, sending it straight into Ferrari and Maserati territory.

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

The 911 Turbo Cabriolet is available in two 3.8-liter, inline-six flavors, with both configurations churning less power than the F-Type Project 7. However, the rear-engined convertible is faster than the British sports car in both guises. The base model generates 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, which translate into a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph. The Turbo S model offers 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which cut about 10 percent off the 0-60 mph sprint, leaving it at a flat 3 seconds. The Turbo S tops out at 197 mph.

As far as pricing goes, the 911 Turbo Convertible retails from $160,700, while the 911 Turbo S Convertible wears a $193,900 sticker. Both are likely more expensive than the F-Type Project 7, despite the Jag’s limited-edition status.

2013 Jaguar Project 7 Concept

Jaguar Project 7

Conclusion

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The Jaguar F-Type is a sports car we’re already in love with, so what’s not to love about the Project 7? We’ve been waiting for Jaguar to turn the concept car into a production vehicle since the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Brits finally did it. Simply put, the Project 7 is an F-Type with more everything. More power, better handling and revised technology, all wrapped in a gorgeous package that pays tribute to an iconic race car and 40 years of Le Mans success. For decades, Jaguar has been struggling to regain its status among sports car manufacturers, and the F-Type came to do just that. With the Project 7 on the horizon, it’s safe to assume the Brits have a bright future ahead. And needless to say, the company’s Special Vehicle Operations division is off to a great start.

LOVE IT
  • Uprated engine
  • Revised chassis
  • Limited edition = future collectible
  • Racing heritage
LEAVE IT
  • No manual transmission
  • Likely very expensive

Press Release

"Special Operations exists to develop a suite of products and services that enable
our most discerning and enthusiastic customers to indulge their passion for our cars.
F-TYPE Project 7 is a perfect example of one such product. It’s the most powerful production Jaguar ever built, and pays homage to Jaguar’s seven outright Le Mans victories with distinctive design cues inspired by the Jaguar D-type which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year."

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

F-TYPE Project 7, the latest model in Jaguar’s acclaimed F-TYPE sports car range, is set to make its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26June.

F-TYPE Project 7 is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team, and will be produced in an exclusive, limited-edition run of up to 250 units. Its distinctive roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year. F-TYPE Project 7’s name pays homage to Jaguar’s seven outright Le Mans wins.

The 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 is not only the most focused derivative of the award-winning F-TYPE range, but is also the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built.

F-TYPE Project 7’s power comes from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, now in 575PS/680Nm form, enabling the all-aluminium-bodied car - which weighs 1585kg - to achieve acceleration from 0-60mph in 3.8-seconds (0-100km/h in 3.9-seconds) and an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h). F-TYPE Project 7 is fully road-legal, with a removable roof and 196-litre stowage space.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, available as an option on the F-TYPE R Coupé, are fitted as standard on F-TYPE Project 7, offering powerful, consistent, fade-free braking. Another standard feature is Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) which, working in conjunction with the EAD, enables extremely precise handling. Bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension set-up enable F-TYPE Project 7 to deliver a truly engaging driving experience.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

While F-TYPE Project 7 features performance-focused engineering by Special Vehicle Operations - the engineering and vehicle division of Special Operations - its design has been kept true to the head-turning lines of the original Project 7 concept, which was unveiled last summer.

Key design elements include the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver’s head, shorter windshield, new front bumper, and downforce-increasing aerodynamic modifications - including a carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler. However, the single-seater concept has been transformed into a two-seater, with rollover hoops for both driver and passenger now integrated into the design.

2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE PROJECT 7: IN DETAIL

Engineering

The 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 is a product of pure passion, and the pinnacle of Jaguar’s performance sports car range. The most focused derivative of the highly acclaimed F-TYPE range, it is the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever made.

The Special Vehicle Operations-engineered F-TYPE Project 7 is powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, as seen in the F-TYPE R Coupé, but in an even further enhanced form: it produces 575PS (an increase of 25PS over the F-TYPE R Coupé) and 680Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second-generation Electronic Active Differential. Special Vehicle Operations engineers have developed a bespoke transmission calibration for the F-TYPE Project 7, with revised shift points and characteristics.

This enables the lightweight, all-aluminium bodied roadster - which, at 1585kg, weighs 80kg less than the F-TYPE V8 S Convertible - to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.8 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds), with an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph. The increased performance, combined with the handling and aerodynamic enhancements, make F-TYPE Project 7 the new benchmark in high-performance Jaguars.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

F-TYPE Project 7 features a switchable Active Sports Exhaust system with quad, matt-black ceramic coated, outboard-mounted tailpipes. The system uses electronically-controlled bypass valves in the rear section of the exhaust which are mapped to open according to a range of parameters, effectively altering the exhaust gas routing into a free-flowing straight-through arrangement to both reduce back pressure and enhance sound quality.

F-TYPE Project 7 rides on 20-inch Storm alloy wheels in gloss black, which customers can opt to have fitted with high-performance Continental ForceContact tyres. Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes - with 398mm front and 380mm rear discs allied to six- and four-piston monobloc calipers respectively - are fitted as standard.

Made from a matrix of carbon-fibre and ceramic, which is extremely hard and highly resistant to wear, the CCM system offers consistent performance and excellent fade resistance even during sustained extreme driving conditions. Jaguar’s CCM brakes feature a pre-fill system function that applies a low brake pressure to all four calipers when the throttle is released - and before the brake pedal is pressed again - to ensure consistent brake pedal feel.

F-TYPE Project 7 benefits from bespoke, Special Vehicle Operations-engineered front suspension knuckles which give increased negative camber, revised top mounts and new front/rear anti-roll bars. The front and rear spring and damper units are height adjustable, and both spring rates and damper internals have been tailored specifically to F-TYPE Project 7.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system actively controls vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates by continuously monitoring driver inputs and the attitude of the car on the road, adjusting damper rates accordingly up to 500 times a second to optimise stability. The Adaptive Dynamics controlling software has been precisely re-calibrated to suit F-TYPE Project 7, the Dynamic Stability Control system also having a unique state of tune.

Engaging Dynamic Mode delivers enhanced body control through firmer damping rates, increased steering weighting, faster gear changes and sharper throttle response. Dynamic Mode is configurable as standard via the central 8-inch touchscreen, allowing the driver to select and save settings according to their preference.

Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB), which intelligently and rapidly applies precise amounts of braking force to individual wheels to accurately sharpen the car’s line through a corner, is standard. TVbB works in conjunction with the Electronic Active Differential (which can go from open to full locking torque in 200 milliseconds) and the car’s Dynamic Stability Control system to optimise traction, cornering ability and, most importantly, to maximise steering feel and agility.

"Above all - F-TYPE Project 7 is fast… It uses all the key technologies we’ve proven on F-TYPE R Coupe to deliver absolute immediacy of response to all driver inputs, yet its focused nature has given us the opportunity to go further still. The result is a driving experience that’s pure and involving in every sense."

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer - Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Design

The Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 retains the distinctive, minimalist design of the original 2013 concept. That design study was penned as a spare-time experiment that blended Jaguar’s rich racing heritage with its then-new, groundbreaking sports car line, the F-TYPE. Under Jaguar Director of Design, Ian Callum, the sketch - of a single-seater sports car with a swooping profile, muscular stance and cut-down windscreen - went from paper to digital model to the Goodwood hillclimb in the space of just a few months, and has now become a production car.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

"F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect example of how, as a design team, we can move quickly with our engineering colleagues to go from concept vehicle to production reality - we’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible without losing any purity of form.

Modern, purposeful and with a stance that screams intent, F-TYPE Project 7 is the perfect contemporary embodiment of the D-type that inspired it."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

F-TYPE Project 7’s key ’heartlines’ remain those of the World Car Design Award-winning F-TYPE sports car. They effortlessly blend with the D-type-inspired rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops rearwards and down from behind the driver’s head. Being a two-seater, F-TYPE Project 7 features a second rollover hoop, behind the passenger seat.

Extensive aerodynamic modifications on F-TYPE Project 7 include an all-new front splitter which utilises an upper section in carbon-fibre. Additionally, the side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler are all made of carbon-fibre. These components together mean F-TYPE Project 7 generates 177% more downforce than F-TYPE Convertible at its top speed of 186mph.

The rear deck, bonnet vents, side vent louvres and mirror caps are also all made of carbon-fibre. The windscreen length is reduced by 114mm, reducing overall height by 30.5mm, with new side windows to match the profile. A Bimini roof has been specially designed for F-TYPE Project 7. It clips on to the convertible header rail, and can be conveniently folded and, when not in use, stowed in the boot area - which offers 196-litres of load space.

The driver and passenger of F-TYPE Project 7 sit in lightweight race-inspired bucket seats, which are finished in a quilted racing-style diamond pattern. Four-point racing harnesses are available as an accessory. The interior features carbon-fibre veneer inserts on the console, an Alcantara steering wheel (with leather option), machined aluminium gearshift paddles and bespoke treadplates with the Project 7 logo.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Enhancing its unique appeal, the 2014 F-TYPE Project 7 will be hand-built to exacting standards by Special Operations, and offered in an exclusive, limited-edition production run of up to 250 units globally. Each car will sport a specially numbered plaque, located between the two seats, signed by Ian Callum.

F-TYPE Project 7, whose name acknowledges Jaguar’s seven historic Le Mans race wins, will be offered in five metallic colours: Ultra Blue, Caldera Red, , British Racing Green (all with white decal options), Ultimate Black and Glacier White (both with grey decal options).


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