We’re already in a perpetual state of drooling with the introduction of the 2014 Jaguar F-Type. What a stunning car!
But Jaguar is already doing its best to exceed our wildest expectations of its new sports car with the introduction of a new high-performance concept slated for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Called the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Concept, the car borrows liberally from the D-Type Jaguar of the 1950s that inspired it. The Jaguar D-type was an ultra limited-production sports car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright in 1955, ’56, and ’57. It was also sold in limited quantities as a road-going sports car long before the much more popular Jaguar E-Type–what we know in the U.S. as the XKE.
Jaguar named the Project 7 concept such because of its seven Le Mans victories between 1951 and 1990.
But enough of the history behind it; let’s talk about what sets it apart. Starting with that evocative hump behind the driver’s head, the Project 7 receives revised body work, a low-cut windshield, and door mirrors that were borrowed from the C-X16 concept car that would end up as the precursor to the F-Type. The seats are 1.2 inch lower than the standard F-Type’s, and the interior is covered in diamond-pattern leather and carbon fiber.
Under the hood is a revised supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 that bumps power from 495 horses in the F-Type V8S to 550 horsepower. It’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be quick-shifted via aluminum paddles behind the steering wheel. Jaguar says it’s only 0.1 second quicker to 60 mph from standstill than its production-ready counterpart, hitting that speed in just 4.1 seconds on the way up to 186 mph.
The Jaguar F-Type will be making passes during the entire Goodwood Festival weekend, which runs from July 12 through 14. We’re looking forward to seeing how the car does and if that engine could eventually find its way under the hood of an F-Type R-S model in the future.