One of the most exclusive race-inspired cars ever to be manufactured, the Jaguar F-type Project 7 was directly inspired by the company’s legendary D-type, which was responsible for 3 of their 24 Hours of Le Mans race victories in the 1950s. With a limited run of only 250, the Jaguar Project 7 is not a car you are likely to see on the road every day and its high price tag means that only the wealthiest of motoring enthusiasts are able to seriously contemplate owning one of these beauties.
Key Performance Figures
Whilst not the most powerful supercar ever made, the Project 7 is nonetheless a very impressive performer that is capable of testing the limits of the most skillful of drivers.
- Top Speed – 186 mph
- Acceleration – 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds
- Maximum Torque – 399 N⋅m
- Power-to-Weight Ratio – 337 bhp / tonne
The Project 7 was intended to take the best design features from the modern Jaguar F-type and blend them with the classic racing lines of the historic D-type, to produce a vehicle that was both stunning to behold and an absolute delight to drive. The original concept car was a single-seater racing machine but Jaguar decided to add a passenger seat to the final design, significantly broadening the appeal of the Project 7 in the process. The target audience was clearly motoring enthusiasts with plenty of cash to burn and while the Project 7 is road legal and perfectly capable of serving as a both a short and long-distance conveyance, it was designed to really shine when out on the track.
Owning a Project 7
As mentioned in the previous section, Jaguar believed that prospective owners of this limited editions sports car would be wealthy motoring enthusiasts, i.e. individuals who own and enjoy a number of high-performance vehicles. If you should ever have the chance to acquire one, it is important to bear in mind that the Project 7 was never intended to serve as a daily runabout and it would likely disappoint if used in this capacity. Whilst it is undoubtedly capable of covering great distances with ease, thanks to its endurance racing pedigree and high quality components, the Project 7 is really the type of vehicle that would best suit somebody who only wishes to drive it as an occasional treat. High insurance premiums and running costs make this the type of car that is probably not a good choice for those who are looking for a touring model in which they can enjoy extended continental trips every summer, unless money really is no object.
The Project 7 received an enthusiastic welcome from the motoring press, with reviewers praising the engine’s massive mid-range, the powerful carbon-ceramic disc brakes with which the car is fitted, and its rock-solid handling round corners. All of these features make the Project 7 a great choice for track outings and a fantastically enjoyable Sunday-morning drive. The design team at Jaguar proved with this model that they are more than capable of producing top-quality automobiles when given free rein.