2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 is the latest version of the highly acclaimed F-TYPE sports car range. It production version is going to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed tomorrow. This is the first Jaguar performance vehicle delivered by the Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations team. An interesting and very exciting fact is that the car won't stay in a "concept" form but it is readied for production. Of course, it will be an exclusive, limited-edition run of only 250 units.

F-TYPE Project 7 has a distinctive roadster body, which we have already seen in the concept on which the car is based: Jaguar Project 7 Concept Car. The exterior pays homage to the iconic three-time Le Mans winning D-type model. The latter is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. And the number "7" in car's name pays tribute to the seven wins that the D-type has made at Le Mans.

Project 7 is the most focused,fastest and powerful production off an F-TYPE that Jaguar has ever built. It is powered by 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, which delivers 575 hp (423 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. When these figures are combined with the fact that the aluminium-bodied car weighs just 1585kg, the result is an acceleration time of 3.9 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint. The top speed is electronically-limited and is of 186mph (300km/h).

The aforementioned horsepower is send to the rear wheels through an eight-speed Quickshift transmission and second generation Electronic Active Differential (EAD). Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes have been also fitted. The Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) works in conjunction with the EAD and enables extremely precise handling.

Furthermore, there are also bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic elements as well as one-of-a-kind suspension. The result is extremely engaging driving experience. Other key design elements that can't be seen in the concept include D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver's head, shorter windshield, new front bumper, carbon-fibre front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and adjustable rear spoiler.

Unlike the concept, which is a single-seater, the F-TYPE Project 7 has been transformed into a two-seater and comes with rollover hoops for both driver and passenger.

2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 Technical Specifications:

Engine capacity (cc) 5000
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Bore/stroke (mm) 92.5/93.0
Bore/stroke (inches) 3.64/3.66
Transmission 8-speed ‘Quickshift' ZF 8HP70
0-60mph (sec) 3.8
0-100km/h (sec) 3.9
Top speed (mph) 186, electronically limited
Top speed (km/h) 300, electronically limited
Power (PS@rpm) 575@6500
Power (kW@rpm) 423@6500
Torque (lb ft@rpm) 502@2500-5500
Torque (Nm@rpm) 680@2500-5500
Wheels 20-inch ‘Storm' alloy, in gloss black
Tyres - size 255/30/20 (front) 295/30/20 (rear)
Tyres - make Standard: Optional: Pirelli P Zero Continental ForceContact
Length (mm) 4519
Length (in) 178
Width excl (mm) 1923
Width excl (in) 75.7
Height (mm, without roof) 1277
Height (in, without roof) 50.3
Wheelbase (mm) 2622
Wheelbase (in) 103.2
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 72
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 15.8
Weight (kg) 1585
Weight (lbs) 3495

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Source: Jaguar