Jaguar Project 7 Concept debuts at Goodwood


The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event in the UK that idolizes all things fast - automotive things that is. Many automakers prepare special cars, concepts, or updated production vehicles for display and The Project 7 Concept is one of Jaguar's entries. The Project 7 is basically a race-prepped F-Type, Jag's new two-seat sports car. The Project 7 utilizes a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed "quick-shift" automatic transmission, lightweight materials, race-tuned suspensions, a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic finish, and more. Visual changes include a fairing behind the driver's head; custom carbon-fiber components (a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser), a lowered windshield, and a restyled front bumper. In other words, it looks as fast as it is. The changes made to the F-Type to become the Project 7 would probably make the concept unable to meet government regs, so don't expect a production version. But it sure is pretty. The faring behind the driver (with one behind the passenger) might make for an interesting special edition model, right? For more info, check out the pics and video after the "Read More" jump.

Source: Jaguar - Press release, pics (5), and video after the jump.



Press Release:
Jaguar PROJECT 7 to Make Dynamic Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

  • Jaguar Project 7 will make a dynamic debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Project 7, created by the team led by Director of Design, Ian Callum, is a one-off design study based on the acclaimed new Jaguar F-TYPE
  • A single-seater, all-aluminium bodied roadster, Project 7 features a Jaguar D-type-inspired fairing, bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic components, and a unique interior
  • Powered by Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine in 550PS / 680Nm form, Project 7 will reach 60mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186mph
  • Project 7 will be driven at Goodwood by Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

"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."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Summary

Jaguar's Project 7 concept will make a dynamic debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed on 12th July. Project 7 is based on Jaguar's acclaimed F-TYPE, its all-new, two-seater, convertible sports car and winner of the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award.

Key exterior design changes include a fairing behind the driver's head; bespoke carbon-fibre components - a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windshield and restyled front bumper. Project 7's unique interior features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim. Project 7's name acknowledges Jaguar's winning of Le Mans seven times between 1951-1990 - a record for a British manufacturer - and its blue paintwork is reminiscent of the victorious Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.

Project 7 is not a static concept, but a fully-functional, high-performance sports car. The F-TYPE's rigid all-aluminium architecture provides the perfect starting point, power coming from Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm form - an increase of 55PS and 55Nm over the F-TYPE V8 S.

"The overriding dynamic aim when developing F-TYPE was ensuring connected feel; it's a true, driver-focused sports car; agile, immediate, fast and, of course, fun. Having achieved that for the road, Project 7 has given us a unique opportunity to go that little bit further. It's visceral in every sense - its response, its sound and its sheer performance. I'm very much looking forward to driving it at Goodwood."

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity,Jaguar

In addition to the increase in power - delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar's 8-speed Quickshift automatic transmission and Electronic Active Differential - Project 7 also features a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic finish, 10mm lower ride height and a unique spring/damper tune.

"Jaguar's sporting bloodline and innovative ambition are perfectly embodied by Project 7, both through its sensual design, and its shattering performance. Project 7's Goodwood debut will provide a great stage to showcase the creativity of our design and engineering teams."

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar

Project 7: A story of passion
Under Director of Design, Ian Callum, who constantly challenges his team to push the boundaries of design, Project 7 went from being an experimental sketch by Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri to the track in just four months.

Bringing to bear his love for cars and motorsport, his passion for Jaguar's heritage, and his familiarity with the F-TYPE, Pieri drew a single-seater sports car with a swooping profile, cut-down windscreen and race-inspired livery.

"When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat F-TYPE, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further. As designers, our very purpose is to disrupt - to turn the norm on its head and see if it still works - and here at Jaguar, we love to push the boundaries.

"As a team our challenge was to take this gem of an idea, work within the limitations of production feasibility, and create something worthwhile. So I encouraged Cesar and Alister Whelan, Chief Designer, Jaguar, to take it to the next stage and develop a workable concept, and with the support of key departments across the business, Project 7 was born."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Following digital modelling, a clay model of Project 7 was produced. With that signed off, and time before Goodwood short, Jaguar's engineering team worked closely with the design team to ensure that the build stayed true to the concept.

For Project 7, the F-TYPE's two key 'heartlines' remain, the most prominent change being the completely new, D-type-inspired, rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops down from behind the driver's head. The roof system has been completely removed.

Aerodynamic modifications include a carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, large rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler with a 14-degree angle of attack, giving Project 7 a low, unified, muscular stance. The side louvres and bonnet vents are also carbon-fibre, while the carbon-fibre and aluminium wing mirrors draw inspiration from those on Jaguar's C-X16 sports car concept, from which F-TYPE is derived.

The windshield has been lowered, while a new nose design incorporates revised air intakes and headlights with gloss black surrounds instead of chrome. The car sits on 20-inch Blade forged-alloy wheels with carbon-fibre inserts.

The cockpit of Project 7 is no less impressive than its exterior. The driver sits in a composite bucket seat, lowered by 30mm, and is gripped by a four-point racing harness. The passenger seat is replaced by a unique helmet holder, which carries a custom-designed Project 7 helmet in matching blue paint and graphics, secured by its own harness.

The seat and the insides of the doors are finished in a quilted racing-style diamond pattern. There are carbon-fibre inserts on the console and SportShift selector, the start-stop button is gloss black and the 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."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

Project 7: Technical Specification*
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Engine Capacity (cc)
5000
Cylinders
8
Valves per cylinder
4
Compression ratio
9.5:1
Bore/stroke (mm)
92.5/93.0
Bore/stroke (inches)
3.64/3.66
Transmission
Eight-speed 'Quickshift'
PERFORMANCE

0-60mph (sec)
4.1
0-100km/h (sec)
4.2
50-75mph (sec)
2.4
80-120km/h (sec)
2.4
Top speed - electronically limited (mph)
186
Top speed - electronically limited (km/h)
300
Power (PS@rpm)
550@6500
Power (kW@rpm)
405@6500
Torque (lb ft@rpm)
502@2500-5500
Torque (Nm@rpm)
680@2500-5500
Wheels
20-inch Blade forged-alloy
Tyres
Pirelli P Zero 255/30/20 (front) / 295/30/20 (rear)

*All Figures are manufacturer's estimates