‘ Pro­ject 7 a true rar­ity in this era of mass pro­duced cars’

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PRE­TO­RIA — The most de­sir­able Jaguar F- Type of all has landed in South Africa: the F- Type Pro­ject 7.

Hand­built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions team, this ex­clu­sive, lim­ited- edi­tion model will see pro­duc­tion run of only 250 units. And only five South Africans are set to be proud own­ers of this fu­ture clas­sic.

“Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions ex­ists to de­velop a suite of prod­ucts and ser­vices that en­able our most dis­cern­ing and en­thu­si­as­tic cus­tomers to in­dulge their pas­sion for our cars, says John Ed­wards, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Jaguar Land Rover Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions. “F- Type Pro­ject 7 is a per­fect ex­am­ple of one such prod­uct.”

The Pro­ject 7’ s dis­tinc­tive roadster body pays trib­ute to one of the most fa­mous and iconic rac­ing Jaguars: the three- time Le Mans- win­ning Jaguar D- Type, which reigned supreme at the fa­mous French en­durance race in 1965, 1966 and 1967. And this race- in­spired F- Type’s name is a homage to Jaguar’s seven out­right wins at the 24- hour race.

“We were able to se­cure five or­ders, giv­ing a se­lect num­ber of cus­tomers an op­por­tu­nity to own a piece of his­tory, And Jaguar fans an op­por­tu­nity to see this unique model in the flesh,” says Lisa Mal­lett.

“Pro­ject 7 is sig­nif­i­cant for us not only be­cause it em­bod­ies both our her­itage and our fu­ture in a stun­ningly beau­ti­ful car, but also be­cause be­spoke, lim­ited- run cars are a true rar­ity in this era of mass pro­duced cars.”

With power pro­vided by Jaguar’s 5.0- litre su­per­charged V8 en­gine, pro­duc­ing 423kW and 680Nm, the all- alu­minium- bod­ied car — which weighs just 1585kg — is ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing from a stand­still to 100km/ h in only 3.9 sec­onds and on­wards to an elec­tron­i­cally- lim­ited top speed of 300km/ h. Power is sent to the rear wheels through Jaguar’s eight- speed Quick­shift trans­mis­sion and se­cond gen­er­a­tion Elec­tronic Ac­tive Dif­fer­en­tial ( EAD). Car­bon Ce­ramic Matrix ( CCM) brakes, avail­able as an op­tion on the F- Type R Coupé, are fit­ted as stan­dard on F- Type Pro­ject 7, of­fer­ing pow­er­ful, con­sis­tent, fade- free brak­ing. An­other stan­dard fea­ture is Torque Vec­tor­ing by Brak­ing ( TVbB) which, work­ing in con­junc­tion with the EAD, en­ables ex­tremely pre­cise han­dling. Be­spoke car­bon- fi­bre aero­dy­namic aids and a unique sus­pen­sion setup en­able F- Type Pro­ject 7 to de­liver a truly en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

While F- Type Pro­ject 7 fea­tures per­for­mance- fo­cused en­gi­neer­ing by Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions, its de­sign has been kept true to the head- turn­ing lines of the orig­i­nal Pro­ject 7 con­cept, which was un­veiled in 2013.

Key de­sign el­e­ments in­clude the D- Type- in­spired fair­ing be­hind the driver’s head, shorter wind­shield, new front bumper, and down­force- in­creas­ing aero­dy­namic mod­i­fi­ca­tions – in­clud­ing a car­bon- fi­bre front split­ter, side skirts, rear dif­fuser and ad­justable rear spoiler.

How­ever, the sin­gle- seater con­cept has been trans­formed into a two- seater, with rollover hoops for both driver and pas­sen­ger now in­te­grated into the de­sign – as well as a re­mov­able roof and 196 litres of stowage space. —

PHOTO: MOTORPRESS

The Jaguar F- Type pro­ject 7 un­leashed in South Africa on Tues­day.

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