Project 7 is officially one of the fastest and most powerful Jaguars ever, but more than that, it suggests that Jag is deadly serious about its plans to create instantly collectable limited edition specials.
If you thought the F-type V8 S was a bit of a monster – we do – then Project 7 raises the stakes even higher. As well as that whopping great power output, the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 is good for ‘a minimum of 500 lb ft’ of torque, while a proliferation of carbon fibre bits – splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler – help reduce its weight by 80kg to 1585kg. Its reworked body and aero package gives it 177 per cent more downforce than the convertible.
Carbon ceramic brakes are standard, obviously, but 7 gets an overhauled suspension set-up – there are revised knuckles for more negative camber, tweaked top mounts, and new front and rear anti-roll bars. Spring rates and damper settings are also unique to this car, and Jaguar claims that it’s 50 per cent stiffer at the front, for greater agility.
Project 7 takes its cue from last year’s Goodwood FOS special, a car that generated sufficient heat for Jaguar to give it the green light. Final demand is still being evaluated but the company says that ‘up to 250 cars’ will be made. ‘And if 500 people decide they want one, then we’ll have 250 unhappy customers to deal with,’ SVO boss John Edwards admits. Expect the car to cost around £135,000.