Jaguar Project 7 concept is a single-seat F-Type packed with desire

Jaguar has unveiled its Project 7 concept car, a single-seat speedster-style version of the F-Type convertible that will debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed that starts July 11.

The Jaguar Project 7 is based on the top-spec F-Type V8 S, but with more juice from the supercharged 5-litre V8 petrol engine. In the Project 7 there’s 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque — that’s up 41kW and 55Nm over the F-Type V8 S — wending their way to the rear wheels via the standard 8-speed auto transmission.

In addition to the beefed up engine, the Project 7 features a shorter windscreen, revised air intakes, a solitary seat for the driver that’s 30mm lower to the ground, a helmet holder in place of the passenger’s seat, quilted leather upholstery, carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, large rear wing and side skirts. Also Jaguar has removed the folding canvas roof and replaced it with a solitary D-Type-style faring that sweeps down from next to the headrest all the way down to the tip of the boot.

The Project 7 rides on 20-inch alloy wheels with carbon fibre inlays that are shod with Pirelli tyres — 255/30 at the front and 295/30 at the rear. According to Jaguar the Project 7 can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h.

Why the Project 7 name? The Project 7 name is said to honour the seven victories that Jaguar enjoyed in Le Mans between 1951 and 1990, while the car’s striking blue paint job is said to recall the victorious D-Types of 1956 and 1957.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]