To its credit, Jaguar has managed to retain the essence of the Project 7 roadster concept when it turned it into the F-Type Project 7 limited-series production model.
Fresh from the car’s Goodwood debut, XCar talked to Jaguar design boss Ian Callum and with John Edwards, the head of JLR’s recently announced Special Vehicle Operations division, about the F-Type Project 7, which is SVO’s first project.
Inspired by three-time Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type, the roadster maintains the concept’s styling, with the notable exception of adding a second seat. The F-Type Project 7 is the fastest and most powerful Jaguar ever built, with the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine being tweaked to produce 575PS (567hp) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque.
The all-aluminum bodied car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and reaches an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph (300km/h). Scroll down to find out more about it from the video.
A couple of prototypes of the Jaguar F-Type RS were spotted testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.
Jaguar has started the testing procedures of an even more powerful "RS" version of the F-Type which as seen in this spy video will be offered in both coupe and roadster body styles. The most powerful F-Type on sale today is the R with 550 PS (404 kW) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) generated by the supercharged V8 5.0-liter engine which will likely be uprated to 575 PS (423 kW) as seen in the F-Type Project 7.
Chances are the R's optional carbon ceramic matrix brakes will be standard on the RS while the engine's output will be channeled to the rear wheels through an eight-speed, close-ratio Quickshift gearbox with full manual sequential control. The 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) will definitely take less than the 4 seconds needed by the R and the top speed could go beyond the electronically-capped 186 mph (300 km/h) of the R.
If that doesn't sound impressive enough, there are talks of a flagship RS GT version with no less than 700 PS (515 kW) combined possibly with a lower curb weight. This model is expected to hit more than 200 mph (322 km/h) and will probably be offered as a limited edition model, just like Jaguar did with the XKR-S GT.
Jaguar F-Type Project 7 Reportedly Sold Out in the UK
Jaguar told us that it will build only 250 copies of its new F-Type Project 7 roadster, 65 of which are allocated for its home market. However, if you are in the UK and you fancy one of these retro-designed beauties, you are too late to the party.
Apparently, all 65 units of the F-Type Project 7 have already been spoken for, with another hundred buyers on the British waiting list, according to sources from the company cited in an Autocar magazine report. That’s despite the fact that the car has a £135,000 (€169,693) price tag in the UK.
Jaguar will also sell the Project 7 in the European Union, United States and Japan, with each of these markets expected to get a similar allocation of vehicles. Deliveries will begin in the UK and EU first, followed by the US. As for Japan, Jaguar engineers are still working on making the car legal for the market.
The car made its debut in left-hand drive form for the EU at the Le Mans Classic over the past weekend, after its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The F-Type Project 7 will be unveiled for the US market at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week starting on August 13.
Jaguar will start building customer cars at the end of the year, with production expected to continue into 2015. The location where the car will be built has not been yet announced.
Billed as the fastest, most powerful production Jaguar ever made, the 567hp F-Type Project 7 has lapped the Nürburgring “quite a bit quicker” than the F-Type R Coupe’s time of 7min 39sec, according to JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations executive Harry Metcalfe.
JLR's Special Vehicle Operations has unveiled a one-off F-Type R Coupe developed as a support vehicle for Tour de France.
Created to support Team Sky, the special F-Type R Coupe will be seen during stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France when the riders will cover 34 miles (54 km) in a time trail event from Bergerac to Périgueux this Saturday. It has been fitted with a bespoke racking solution carrying two of the team's Pinarello Bolide TT bikes and also comes with Team Sky's livery while other graphic design features specific to the team have been implemented throughout the cabin.
Replacing the XF Sportbake support vehicle only for this stage, the special F-Type boasts a separate electric supply in the trunk offering power to the amplifiers, radios, microphones as well as horns and televisions supporting communications between the team’s sports director and the rider.
There aren't any changes in the engine area so the one-off F-Type R Coupe comes with a supercharged V8 5.0-liter engine outputting 550 PS (404 kW) and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque.
Jaguar Land Rover‘s Special Vehicle Operations division has unveiled a bespoke F-Type coupe.
The unique F-Type was built as a high-performance support vehicle to use during Stage 20 of the 2014 Tour de France and was done as an innovative partner to Team Sky. Based on the F-Type R coupe, powered by a 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged engine, the Team Sky F-Type will be a one-off featuring a new racking solution and Team Sky’s famous livery.
The special rack will carry two of the team’s Pinarello Bolide TT bikes while a separate electric supply in the trunk will provide power to the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns and televisions that support communications between Team Sky’s Sports Director and the rider.
“Jaguar is an iconic British brand that has been an integral partner for Team Sky for over four years,” said Team Sky Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford. “We have already benefited from their high performance credentials and expertise in technological capabilities and engineering innovations, particularly with the recent development of the Pinarello Dogma F8.
A large batch of F-Type prototypes was seen testing on the Nürburgring, indicating Jaguar is cooking up new derivatives.
The vehicles were grabbed on camera between July 22-25 and some of the prototypes were carrying camouflage. All sorts of versions were spotted as some were powered by the V6 engine while others had the V8. YouTube user TouriClips says it was an intense testing session for Jaguar as at one point there were four cars on the Nordschleife.
We already know Jaguar is planning even more versions of the F-Type since a hotter RS model has already been spied in both coupe and cabriolet body styles. Let's not forget there are also talks of an even more potent RS GT with as much as 700 PS (515 kW).
Besides the two, a lightweight F-Type "Club Sport" developed by JLR's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) is also allegedly in the works with a massive 200 kg (441 lbs) weight reduction. The family could be further expanded with a Speedster variant drawing its styling cues from the Project 7 while a base model with a four cylinder engine is also possible.
Jaguar has announced plans to introduce the US-spec F-Type Project 7 at Pebble Beach.
Originally unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the F-Type Project 7 is a limited edition model that will be built by the company's Special Vehicle Operations division. It is heavily influenced by the F-Type Project 7 concept and will be available in five colors: British Racing Green, Caldera Red, Glacier White, Ultra Blue and Ultimate Black.
Power is provided by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 575 PS (423 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission which enables the roadster to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
The F-Type Project 7 will be priced from $165,925 and the first deliveries are slated for the spring of 2015.
It’s not yet been established what it was that caused this new Jaguar F-Type (with 5,000 km / ~3,100 miles on the odometer) to burn beyond recognition, on the hard shoulder of a German autobahn. It’s not the first time it has happened, and it looks as if the damage this time was exactly as severe as the previous one – eerily so, even…
The car in question was apparently a rental, driven by a 26 year-old, who reportedly heard an explosion from under the hood, followed by flames which immediately prompted him to pull over. Luckily, he and the passenger were able to walk away unharmed, though the exact opposite can be said of the Jag which was beyond totaled.
Jaguar needs to look into this, because it’s not good publicity at all, no matter how good the F-Type looks and sounds.
Maybe this second strike will prompt them to do a transparent and thorough investigation and let the press know what their findings were – we still don’t have any additional information on the first one, and it’s been over a year since that happened.