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2014-06-25 13:46

A TRIBUTE TO AN ICON: Jaguar’s F-Type Project 7 (right) is a tribute to the iconic D-Type. Would you spend R2.4-million on Jaguar’s fastest production car yet? Image: Jaguar

 • F-Type Project 7 to debut at Speed Fest
  • Limited run of 250
  • Powered by 405kW/680Nn V8
  • First deliveries expected 2015

LONDON, England – Jaguar’s Project 7, a track car based on the new V8 F-Type, will become a reality after its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on Thursday - June 26

Wheels24 first reported on the special Jaguar D-Type tribute car back in August 2013 when it was called the  F-Type Project 7 concept. Its source vehicles, the F-Type, were launched in South Africa in July 2013 as convertibles, the coupes are being launched here through late June 2014.

GALLERY: 2014 Jaguar F-Type Project 7
VIDEO: 2014 Jaguar F-Type Project 7

The sports car is the first performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team and only 250 will be assembled, based on the current F-Type V8 R. The car will sell for the equivalent of R2.4-million and each will carry a numbered plaque signed by Jaguar design director Ian Callum.

FASTEST PRODUCTION JAG YET

Its distinctive roadster body pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars - the three-times Le Mans winning D-Type which in 2014 celebrates its 60th anniversary. The concept's name is derived from Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories between 1951 and 1990.

The single-seat sports car went, incredibly, from sketch pad to track in only four months. The Project 7 is Jaguar’s fastest and most powerful production car yet. It's supercharged five-litre V8 capable of 422kW/680Nm (the F-Type coupe delivers 405kW) , delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed gearbox.

The V8 takes the car, weighing 1585kg, to 100km/h in 3.9sec and limited top speed is 300km/h.

'PASSION FOR OUR CARS'

The Project 7 has a removable roof and 196-litres of stowage space.

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director John Edwards said: "Special Operations exists to develop a suite of products and services that enable our most discerning and enthusiastic customers to indulge their passion for our cars. The F-Type Project 7 is a perfect example.

“It's the most powerful production Jaguar yet built and pays homage to Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories with distinctive design cues inspired by the Jaguar D-Type which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014."

Watch Mike Hawthorn drive the Jaguar D-Type at Le Mans 1956!
 
Jaguar's seven Le Mans victories
1951 - C-type Peter Walker, Peter Whitehead
1953 - C-type Tony Rolt, Duncan Hamilton
1955 - D-type Mike Hawthorn, Ivor Bueb
1956 - D-type Ron Flockhart, Ninian Sanderson
1957 - D-type Ron Flockhart, Ivor Bueb
1988 - XJR-9LM  Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries, Andy Wallace
1990 - XJR-12  John Nielsen, Price Cobb, Martin Brundle

Click here for full specifications of the Jaguar F-Type Project Seven
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