Project 7, Jaguar’s one-off design study based on its F-Type convertible coupe, makes its regional debut at the 2013 Dubai Motor Show.[Not a valid template]
Project 7 – which first made its debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed – is a one-off design study based on Jaguar’s much-lauded F-Type and is the creation of Ian Callum, the company’s director of design. Boasting a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser; lowered windshield and restyled front bumper, the all-aluminium roadster is a tribute to the company’s famous D-Type motorsport contenders.
The name refers to the number of times Jaguar has taken victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (seven times in ’51, ’53, ’55-’57, and ’90) while the striking blue paintwork is a nod to the team colours raced in 1956/1957. To further emphasise the retro inspiration, the cockpit features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim.
Powered by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 which produces 550hp and 502lb ft or torque, Project 7 is a fully functioning prototype rather than a static model. The roadster will hit 0-100kph in 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 300kph, and runs 20-inch Blade forged alloy wheels on Pirelli P Zero performance tyres.
Jaguar has yet to confirm whether any further models of Project 7 will be produced, similar speculation also mounting about the company’s new C-X17 SUV concept which crankandpiston.com recently took for a spin and which also headlines Jaguar’s stand at the Dubai Motor Show.