Jaguar Project 7. Goodwood Debut, D-Type Tribute

Jaguar releases images of Project 7, a racing version of the F-Type due to make its debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Tut tut Jaguar. Looks like you’ve been pinching our ideas.

The British marque has just revealed details of the tantalising Project 7, a race-focused version of the F-Type which will debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Heritage, as it did in the F-Type – the spiritual successor to the E-Type – plays a key role in Project 7, which takes as its inspiration the D-type.

Project 7 looks set to not only be a close approximation of the famous racer, with both a rollover hoop and a tailfin notable elements of the aerodynamics, but also highlight some key steps in Jaguar’s development programme, thanks to a carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser and side skirts, lowered windscreen and restyled front bumper. The new racer – a single-seater no less – will also be powered by the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 monster utilised by the Jaguar XKR-S GT, the XJ and sister company land Rover’s Range Rover Sport. 0-100kph in Project 7 is will be reached in 4.1 seconds.

Said beauty will be decked out in blue, a nod to Jaguar’s ‘56/’57 Le Mans winning D-Type from which Project 7 draws its name (the ’57 event was the fifth of an eventual seven victories at La Sarthe for Jaguar, the last of which came in 1990 with the XJR-12, John Nielsen, Price Cobb and a certain Martin Brundle).

Now, bearing all that in mind – and the images relayed in the video below – take another look at our Group 44 design and tell us we weren’t far off an actual Jaguar prototype. We can only assume that Project 7 will become the F-Type C&P in the days to come. And that the commission cheque is already in the post.

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