From the Forums: Jaguar F-Type Project 7 is Still Awesome
Let’s admire this JaguarForums member’s Project 7 for a moment.
Jaguar recently announced the specs on its latest Special Vehicles Project, the 592-horsepower XE SV Project 8 that will be capable of 200 miles per hour. That forthcoming super sedan takes the title of Jaguar’s most powerful road car ever. However, it’s worth taking a moment to remember the gorgeous F-TYPE Project 7 that preceded it. Here is a snap from JaguarForums.com member zach05855 in January 2016. The Project 7 arrived at zach05855’s Alberta, Canada, home in January, which meant his first drive was into his driveway from a snowy road.
This is one of just 250 Project 7 models built. Like the Project 8, Jaguar debuted the Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a concept car. They then carried forth with production on the limited-run F-Type that was at the time the fastest Jaguar ever built.
The left-side fairing behind the driver pays the most obvious tribute to the Jaguar D-Types that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, you can also see the influence on the hood knuckle, which originally appeared on the D-Type to clear the valve cover on the ubiquitous Jaguar inline-six engine. The Project 7’s rear fenders also raise up slightly to mimic the D-Type’s curvy hips. The white number circle on the door resembles the simple layout for classic race cars. It’s just waiting for black numbers to be applied.
The Project 7 made somewhere around 550 horsepower and sounded, well, as fantastic as you’d expect from an F-Type. All 250 examples of the Project 7 sold for at least $165,000. Jaguar is thinking bigger with the XE SV Project 8. In addition to the significant power bump, Jag will also list the Project 8 for $192,000. With a production run of only 300 cars, Jaguar will find no trouble unloading them.
Here’s a look back at the Project 7’s debut:
[Photos: zach05855 via JaguarForums.com]