New Jaguar F-Type Project 7 debuts at Le Mans
By Jack Stocks
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:30
DEBUT: F-type graces Le Mans track
Marking the Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary, the crowds at this weekend’s Le Mans will witness the track debut of the F-TYPE Project 7.
The new F-Type Project 7 will run throughout the classic weekend, alongside older siblings, the very first D-type and F-Type R Coupés.
Each celebrating an era of Le Mans’ history, the weekend racing is split into six grids, the F-TYPE Project 7 demonstration laps to take place ahead of qualifying and race sessions for Grid 2 (1949-1956).
Additional action will be provided by two Jaguar-entered D-types – drivers are 1988 Jaguar Le Mans winner, Andy Wallace, who will share with Richard Meaden, with Gary Pearson and Chris Harris also in action.
The Le Mans demonstration is a step-up for F-type, following its Goodwood’s Festival of Speed unveiling, where initial customer interest far exceeded the intended maximum 250-unit production run.
F-TYPE Project 7 is a fully road-legal two-seater roadster, which will be built by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly established, West Midlands-based, Special Operations division.
The new car will be Jaguar’s fastest production model to date, generating 575PS and 680Nm from its 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, reaching 60mph in 3.8-sec with a top speed of 186mph (300km/h).
Of all aluminium construction, with bespoke carbon-fibre aerodynamic aids, the vehicle also has unique suspension tune, 80kg weight reduction and 575PS power output.
Carbon ceramic brakes, torque vectoring by Braking and race-inspired seats are all standard features.