Lovers of purebred sports cars can be in luck. Jaguar has just launched its Special Operations department with more than just a sports edition of the F-Type. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the D-Type, that racing jewel that swept six decades ago and that amazed everyone with its dorsal fin, its excellent aerodynamic work.
He Jaguar F-Type Project 7 It stops being an evocative prototype to become a sports car that will see the street in a limited edition of 250 units. And not only that. It becomes the fastest and most powerful Jaguar to date, a very special piece, practically a museum, which will be equipped with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine to deliver 575 hp and 680 Nm.
Stay with this data. The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will practice the 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, one of the many peculiarities of this roofless two-seater that will have a street license. It will reach a top speed of 300 km / h, electronically limited.
And why Project 7? The answer is simple. Project 7 recalls Jaguar’s seven victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, achieved in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1988 and 1990.
If the Jaguar F-Type V8 S On which the 1,665 kilogram mark is based on the scale, the F-Type Project 7 stays at a paltry 1,585 kilograms thanks to the lightening work carried out. It should also be borne in mind that the exclusivity of this F-Type will lead its customers to give up a proper roof, since it won’t even have a soft top folding system.
A speedster without a hood, who will shelter from the rain with an umbrella
If you are surprised by a downpour, Jaguar ensures that we can get out of trouble with a makeshift hood, practically an umbrella, which we can accommodate in its 196-liter trunk. This hood has not been designed to be used regularly, but to get out of the way in the event of rain and that we reach the garage without getting soaked or dirtying its beautiful leather upholstery.
In terms of technique, it will continue to count on the brilliant change ZF Eight speed quickshift, also with an active electronic differential and, as standard, with the ceramic brakes offered as an option on the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé.
To embroider it, Jaguar has also guaranteed that its exterior aesthetic treatment, that those carbon fiber elements that add spice to its bodywork, are something more than props, that really have an aerodynamic function. The front windshield is 114 millimeters shorter and its height has been lowered by 30.5 millimeters. The carbon fiber rear spoiler is adjustable and the downforce that this sports car can generate at a maximum of 300 km / h is higher, by 177%, than that generated by a “normal” F-Type Convertible.
Its chassis has also received a more sporty and radical setting. At the rear, the negative camber has been increased and the suspension links and stabilizer bars have been reinforced. The front and rear shocks are adjustable, with a shorter travel than that found in the rest of the F-Type range.
Project 7 will also be based on some 20 ”wheels in matt black, which can optionally be fitted with Continental ContiForceContact rubbers, practically a semi-slick, road legal, but with a compound and a tread designed especially for the circuits and for dry driving.
Let us remember that, although this Jaguar F-Type Project 7 has a street license, its primary objective is to satisfy those regulars of the circuits, of the weekend batches. And yet, it won’t do without fine finishes, climate control, advanced entertainment equipment with an 8 ”touchscreen and a sound system befitting a luxury saloon.
It will have lightweight sports seats, inspired by those used by the house’s racing sports cars, although with noble leather upholstery. The steering wheel, lined in Alcantara, may be finished in leather, as well as an optional four-point harness.
The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will feature a numbered plate between the seats, signed by Ian Callum himself, Jaguar’s Director of Design. The range of body colors will consist of five shades: Ultra Blue, Italian Racing Red, British Racing Green, all with white stickers; and Ultimate Black and Glacier White, with gray stickers.
Pre-orders are now open and the first deliveries will begin in mid-2015. Pricing is still unknown, but you don’t have to be a fortune teller to predict that its price will be out of reach for most mortals.