11 Jul 2013

Jaguar Project 7 Concept captures the essence of the beast

British sports car manufacturer Jaguar has recently unveiled their new Project 7 concept, part of the company’s lineup at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Based on the brand-new F-Type and inspired by the iconic D-Type, the Project 7 was designed to honor Jaguar’s seven victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – achieved between 1951 and 1990 – and there is no way around it.. it’s breathtaking!

As I said, Project 7 is set to make its dynamic debut at Goodwood; it was created by a team led by Jaguar director of design, Ian Callum, and completed in only four months, which is astonishing in itself. As an all-aluminum bodied roadster, the Project 7 inherits the D-Type’s single-seater setup, cut-down windscreen and fairing, adding bespoke carbon fiber components and a one-of-a-kind interior. To make sure that it stand out even more, Jaguar “wrapped” the Project 7 in the stunning “Ecurie Ecosse” livery that decorated the D-Type in 1956 and 1957, when it won the Le Mans for the second and third consecutive time.

Well, it looks like a beast, but does it tear up the roads like one?! Well, the Project 7 sports under the hood the company’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 550 HP and 680 Nm of torque, which means it will do a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) time of only 4.1 seconds. I’m satisfied with that! I sure hope I get to hear it roar soon..

“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,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design. And it is, actually, the essence of a Jaguar vehicle.

The Jaguar Project 7 will be driven at Goodwood by Mike Cross, the company’s chief engineer of vehicle integrity. I, for one, would love to see the Project 7 in a head-to-head race against Aston Martin’s DBR1-inspired CC100 concept. That would be truly awesome!