Official: Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster Design Concept

Ahead of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013, Jaguar has released the first images and details about its star for the historic show with the release of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster. As the name suggests, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster is based off the standard Jaguar F-Type except is a one-off design concept created by the British firm.

The design and creation of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster was led by Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum and has been inspired by the Jaguar D-Type racing car produced in the mid-1950’s. In fact, the Jaguar D-Type was an extremely successful racer and managed to with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its class in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

Official: Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster Design Concept

To turn the regular Jaguar F-Type convertible into a true speedster, Jaguar removed the entire fabric roof and its lifting system and fitted the car with a low-slung windscreen, a new livery as well as a prominent rear buttress behind the driver’s head which includes a rollover hoop. Other design differences include a new carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, a larger rear diffuser, 20-inch Blade forged-alloy wheels completed with carbon fiber accents, new bonnet vents, side mirrors, larger air intakes at the front as well as the prominent fixed rear spoiler with a 14-degree angle.

When discussing the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster, Callum said, “Project 7 is a single-seater sports car based on the F-TYPE, with the kind of racing-inspired form that designers dream about. It has one purpose: to be driven fast and enjoyed. Jaguar sports cars are known for exceptional performance and clean design. Project 7 captures that spirit in its purest form.”

Official: Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster Design Concept

Moving to the inside, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster features diamond pattern leather trim, carbon fiber inserts, machined aluminium paddles and a sports steering wheel. However, the most prominent interior change is the removal of the passenger seat which has been replaced with a unique helmet holder.

Under the hood, the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Speedster utilises the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the standard Jaguar F-Type V8 S. However, Jaguar engineers managed to increase horsepower by 54 ponies and 41lb-ft of torque bringing the total figure up to 542hp and 501lb-ft of torque. Consequently, the Project 7 can hit 60mph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 186mph.

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