The Jaguar Project 7 concept debuted at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed last July 12. Jaguar’s Chief Engineer for Vehicle Integrity, Mike Cross, drove it in the event that included over three days of action on the hill.
The single-seater, all-aluminum bodied roadster has taken design inspiration from the new Jaguar F-Type. The said inspiration is the winner of the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award. It also features a fairing inspired by the Jaguar D-Type and bespoke carbon fiber aerodynamic components. Its blue paintjob is also reminiscent of the famed D-Types of 1956/1957.
The concept came into reality with the Jaguar’s design team challenged by Director Ian Callum. The experimental sketch done by Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri became the track-ready Project 7 in just four months.
The Jaguar Project 7 is a fully functional, high-performance sports car concept. Being equipped with Jaguar’s 5.0L supercharged V8 petrol engine is capable of producing 550PS / 680Nm – allowing the concept car to launch to 60mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186mph. The car’s power is transmitted to the 20-inch Blade forged alloy wheels with carbon fiber inserts.
Aerodynamics is not to be sacrificed. The Project 7 also boasts of a carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, large rear diffuser, and a fixed rear spoiler with a 14-degree angle of attack. More carbon fiber components come in the form of louvers and bonnet vents. The carbon fiber and aluminium wing mirrors were patterned after the Jaguar C-X16 sports car concept. The windshield has been lowered along with the new nose design that has revised air intakes. The headlights have gloss black surrounds instead of chrome.
Project 7’s cockpit also has few tricks under its sleeves. The driver will be snug in a composite bucket seat, lowered by 30mm, and is gripped by a four-point racing harness. A unique helmet holder replaces the passenger seat. It secures a custom-designed Project 7 helmet in matching blue paint and graphics. The seat and the door trims are finished in a quilted racing-style diamond pattern. Carbon fiber inserts are incorporated on the console and SportShift lever while the start/stop button is coated with gloss black. Its steering wheel is equipped with machined aluminium paddles.
“When you look at this car, it has got an enormous amount of appeal. It’s just full of desire – you can see that its sole purpose is to be enjoyed. Project 7 is a very special car – not just because it’s a one-off, but because of its purity of purpose. It’s pure Jaguar,” said Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum.Truly, the Project 7 embodies years of Jaguar’s performance legacy – from the C-Types of the early 50s Le Mans to the XJR-12s in the 90s.