Jaguar has created a single-seater, all-aluminum-bodied roadster based on the F-Type with a design that harkens back to the classic D-Type of the 1950s.
Known as the Project 7, the car sports a fairing behind the driver’s head, bespoke carbon-fiber components (new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser), lowered windshield, and restyled front bumper. For its interior, the Project 7 has a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim.
According to Jaguar, the Project 7's name pays tribute to the British carmaker's seven victories at Le Mans between 1951 and 1990--a record for a British manufacturer--while its blue paintwork is reminiscent of the victorious D-types of 1956 and 1957.
Powering the Project 7 is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 that has 542hp and 680Nm--54hp and 55Nm more than the same engine in the F-Type V8 S. In addition to the increase in power, which is delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Quickshift transmission and electronic active differential, the Project 7 also features a free-flow exhaust system with a ceramic finish, 10mm lower ride height, and a unique spring-and-damper tune.
Jaguar claims that the Project 7 went from being an experimental sketch by Jaguar designer Cesar Pieri to a fully functional, high-performance concept in just four months.
"When I saw this sketch of a low-screen, single-seat F-Type, I felt enthused by it and wanted to take it further," said Jaguar design director Ian Callum. "When you look at this car, it has got an enormous amount of appeal. It's just full of desire--you can see that its sole purpose is to be enjoyed. The Project 7 is a very special car--not just because it's a one-off, but because of its purity of purpose. It's pure Jaguar."