Jaguar Project 7: from the Past, to the Future

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Jaguar Project 7
Jaguar Project 7

 

The Jaguar Project 7 is probably the best example of how a traditional auto manufacturer can preserve its roots while building cars that have all the latest technology. The Jaguar Project 7 is a one-of-a-kind single seater sports car that will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Its design remembers the famous D-type racer that won the Le Mans 24-hour race three times in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

The Jaguar Project 7 is built using the platform of a more ordinary Jaguar: the F-Type roadster. The fabric roof system was completely removed, the windscreen has been cut down, and a rollover cage was installed to make the Jaguar Project 7 ready for the racetrack. The aerodynamics were also improved: the chassis got front splitter made of carbon fiber, a bigger rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler.

The 20-inch wheels of the Jaguar Project 7 are also completely new. The optical enhancements include a few well-placed carbon fiber inserts, and the side mirrors, side louvres and bonnet vents are also made of carbon fiber. Because of the extra air needs of the engine, the Jaguar Project 7 has bigger air vents up front.

Jaguar Project 7
Jaguar Project 7

Jaguar engineers also slightly modified the engine of the F-Type. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 of the F-Type S now has 542hp and 680Nm (501 lb-ft), about 55 hp more than the original. This allows the Jaguar Project 7 to reach 60mph (96km/h) in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 186mph (299km/h).

The interior of the Jaguar Project 7 is also unique. The driver seat has been lowered by 30 mm for better weight distribution, and the passenger seat has been removed. There is leather and carbon fiber everywhere, and the automatic transmission got new shifting paddles made of aluminum. The Jaguar Project 7 is likely to be a one off study, but those who are lucky to be at the Goodwood hill-climb will see the car in action.

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