Jaguar reveals Project 7 concept for Goodwood


Jaguar reveals Project 7 concept for Goodwood

Standard F-Type just a little too plain for you? Well, Jaguar's got just the thing.

Meet Project 7, Jaguar's latest concept car. It'll be shown in public for the first time later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it's set to cause quite a stir.

Although it's based on the F-Type, Project 7's bodywork will be radically different, with a rear deck helmet fairing and chopped windscreen reminiscent of the Jaguar's 1950s Le Mans racers, as well as a restyled front bumper and a smattering of carbon fibre.

Inside, Project 7 will feature more radical changes, including a composite driver's seat, mounted 30mm lower than the standard F-Type's. The passenger seat, meanwhile, has been removed altogether, in favour of a custom helmet holder and a unique Project 7 helmet for it to hold.

But its styling won't be the only reason Project 7 will draw the crowds. Under the skin, it'll feature Jaguar's supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, here in the same 542bhp form as the forthcoming XFR-S.

It means Project 7 will be capable of 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds, fuelling rumours that an F-Type R, with a similarly potent powerplant wedged under its curvaceous snout, could be on the way.

Further tweaks include a 10mm drop in ride height, tweaked spring and damper rates, and a suitably sonorous, ceramic-finished exhaust.

Jaguar says Project 7 is a design study intended to commemorate its seven Le Mans victories between 1951 and 1990 – hence the name. As such, it won't make production.

Nevertheless, you'll get the chance to see it in action when it takes to the hillclimb course at the Festival of Speed this weekend.

Jaguar Project 7

Jaguar Project 7