‘Project 7 a true rarity in this era of mass produced cars’

2016-03-17 06:00
PHOTO: Motorpress The Jaguar F-Type project 7 unleashed in South Africa on Tuesday.

PHOTO: Motorpress The Jaguar F-Type project 7 unleashed in South Africa on Tuesday.

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THE most desirable Jaguar F-Type of all has landed in South Africa: the F-Type Project 7.

Handbuilt by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team, this exclusive, limited-edition model will see production run of only 250 units. And only five South Africans are set to be proud owners of this future classic.

“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, says John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “F-Type Project 7 is a perfect example of one such product.”

The Project 7’s distinctive roadster body pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type, which reigned supreme at the famous French endurance race in 1965, 1966 and 1967. And this race-inspired F-Type’s name is a homage to Jaguar’s seven outright wins at the 24-hour race.

“We were able to secure five orders, giving a select number of customers an opportunity to own a piece of history, And Jaguar fans an opportunity to see this unique model in the flesh,” says Lisa Mallett.

“Project 7 is significant for us not only because it embodies both our heritage and our future in a stunningly beautiful car, but also because bespoke, limited-run cars are a true rarity in this era of mass produced cars.”

With power provided by Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, producing 423kW and 680Nm, the all-aluminium-bodied car — which weighs just 1585kg — is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 100km/h in only 3.9 seconds and onwards to an electronically-limited top speed of 300km/h. Power is sent to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes, available as an option on the F-Type R Coupé, are fitted as standard on F-Type Project 7, offering powerful, consistent, fade-free braking. Another standard feature is Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) which, working in conjunction with the EAD, enables extremely precise handling. Bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension set-up enable F-Type Project 7 to deliver a truly engaging driving experience.

While F-Type Project 7 features performance-focused engineering by Special Vehicle Operations, its design has been kept true to the head-turning lines of the original Project 7 concept, which was unveiled in 2013.

Key design elements include the D-Type-inspired fairing behind the driver’s head, shorter windshield, new front bumper, and downforce-increasing aerodynamic modifications – including a carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler.

However, the single-seater concept has been transformed into a two-seater, with rollover hoops for both driver and passenger now integrated into the design – as well as a removable roof and 196 litres of stowage space. — Supplied.

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