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Jaguar Project 7
July 15, 2013. The Jaguar Project 7 concept makes a vibrant and thrilling launch at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Project 7 is based on Jaguar’s acclaimed F-Type, its brand new, two-seater, convertible sports car and victor of the World Car Design of the Year 2013 award.
Primary outside layout modifications feature a fairing behind the motorist’s head; bespoke carbon-fiber elements – a brand-new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; reduced windshield and restyled front bumper. Project 7’s special inside features a composite single-seat with a full racing harness, a headgear holder and customized trim. Project 7’s name acknowledges Jaguar’s winning of Le Mans seven times during the period between 1951-1990 – a record for a British supplier – and its blue paintwork is evocative of the triumphant Jaguar D-types of 1956/1957.
Jaguar Project 7 is not a static concept, however a fully-functional, high-performance sports car. The F-Type’s all-aluminum design provides the ideal starting point, and the energy originating 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 gives the Project 7 the motorvation to move down any road with rapid dispatch.
“The overriding dynamic objective when establishing the F-Type was in making an assured connected feel with the road; it’s a true, driver-focused car; agile, prompt, rapid and, obviously, fun. Having accomplished that for the road, Project 7 has given us an unique chance to go that bit more. It’s visceral in every sense – its response, its sound and its prodigious power and performance. I’m very much looking forward to driving it at Goodwood.” Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar.
Aside from the increase in power – delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and electronic active differential – Project 7 also features a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic surface, 10mm reduced profile height and an unique spring/damper suspension system.
“Jaguar’s sporting bloodline and cutting-edge passion are flawlessly symbolized by Project 7, both with its sensual style, and its enormous power output. Project 7’s Goodwood launch will definitely give a fantastic platform to feature the imagination of our design and engineering teams.” Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar.
Project 7: A story of interest.
Under Director of Design, Ian Callum, a man who continuously tests his group to push the limits of design, the Jaguar Project 7 idea went from being an experimental sketch by Jaguar developer Cesar Pieri to the track in just four months.
Bringing to bear his love for vehicles and motorsport, his enthusiasm for Jaguar’s ancestry, and his acquaintance with the F-Type, Pieri attracted a single-seater sports car with a diving profile, cut-down windscreen and race-inspired livery.
As developers, our very objective is to disrupt – to turn the norm on its head and see if it still works – and right here at Jaguar, we like to press the limits. Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
Following electronic modelling, a clay-based model of Project 7 was created. With that signed off, and time prior to the Goodwood event running short, Jaguar’s engineering team worked carefully with the layout group to make sure that the creation remained true to the original.
For Project 7, the F-Type’s two key ‘heartlines’ were the most popular adjustment being the entirely brand-new, D-type-inspired, rear fairing part that includes a rollover hoop and jumps below behind the driver’s head. The roofing system has been completely eliminated.
Aerodynamic adjustments feature a carbon-fiber front splitter, side skirts, big back diffuser and a repaired back spoiler with a 14-degree angle of attack, providing Project 7 a low, linked, muscular stance. The side louvers and bonnet vents are likewise carbon-fiber, while the carbon-fiber and light weight aluminum wing mirrors draw inspiration from those on Jaguar’s C-X16 sports car idea, from which F-Type is obtained.
The windshield has actually been lowered, while a new nose layout includes modified air intakes and fronts lights with gloss black surrounds as opposed to chrome. The automobile sits on 20-inch Blade forged-alloy wheels with carbon-fiber inserts.
The cockpit of the Jaguar Project 7 concept is no less impressive compared to its outside. The motorist sits in a composite pail seat, decreased by 30mm, and is gripped by a four-point racing harness. The passenger seat is switched out by an one-of-a-kind helmet holder, which brings a custom-made Project 7 headgear in matching blue paint and graphics, safeguarded by its very own harness.
The seat and the doorskins are trimmed in a quilted racing-style precious stone pattern. There are carbon-fiber inserts on the console and SportShift bar, the start-stop button is gloss black and the steering wheel is equipped with machined aluminum paddles.
“When you check out this vehicle, it emanates a huge quantity of charm. It’s filled with need – you could see that its single objective is to be taken pleasure in. Project 7 is a really unique auto – not just due to the fact that it’s a one-off, however as a result of its pureness of function. It’s pure Jaguar.”