Here’s a nice video of the Jaguar Project 7, a one-off design study based on the F-Type roadster. It was revealed at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed last month. Why 7? The leaping cat marque has seven Le Mans triumphs between 1951 and 1990, a British record and one more than Bentley.

A lot of the Project 7’s bespoke elements – from the new rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop behind the driver’s head to the bright blue paintwork – are reminiscent of one of Jaguar’s all-time greatest race car, the Le Mans-winning D-Type from the 1950s.

Other key design changes include a carbonfibre front splitter, side skirts, large rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler, giving the Project 7 a low, unified, muscular stance. The side louvres and bonnet vents are also carbonfibre, while the carbonfibre/aluminium wing mirrors draw inspiration from those on the C-X16 concept.


The windshield has been lowered, while a new nose design incorporates revised air intakes and headlights with gloss black surrounds instead of chrome. The roof system has been completely removed.

Inside, the Project 7 features a single composite bucket seat with racing harness that’s mounted 30 mm lower than a standard F-Type, meaning the driver sits a full 40 mm closer to the ground as the car’s ride height has been cut by another 10 mm. The passenger seat is replaced by a helmet holder, which carries matching blue paint and graphics.

Power comes from Jaguar’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 with 550 PS and 680 Nm, an increase of 55 PS and 55 Nm over the range-topping F-Type V8 S. Nice growly sound, as you’ll hear in the video.