Jaguar showcases the new F-Type Project 7 at Le Mans Classic

Jaguar’s F-Type Project 7 limited to 250 units is one of the major highlights at to the Le Mans Classic over the weekend. This limited edition variant is intended to commemorate the D-type’s 60th anniversary.The Le Mans Classic gives a retrospective of the 24-hour of endurance classic every two years. Jaguar has won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race a total of seven times: in 1951, 1953 (both with the C-type), 1955, 1956, 1957 (all D-type), 1988 (XJR-9) and 1990 (XJR-12).

There are about 150 classic cars taking part in this year’s Le Mans Classic. The cars are to divided into six grids, in accordance to the variants’ active years. Grid one sees cars from 1923 – 39 such as Bentley Blower, Talbot Lago, Bugatti Type 3; grid two has cars from 1949 – 56 Jaguar D-Type, Maserati 300 S, Mercedes 300 S; grid three features cars from 1957 – 61 Ferrari 250 GT, Lotus Elite, Lister Jaguar;  grid four, cars from 1962 – 65 Ford GT 40, Ferrari 250 LM, Porsche 904;  grid 5, cars from 1966 – 71 Porsche 917, Ferrari 312 P, Matra MS 660; and grid 6, cars from 1972 – 79 BMW M1, Rondeau M 379, Sauber C5.

Aside from the Project 7, Jaguar is pitting the D-type and F-Type R Coupes to awe the crowd at the classic endurance showcase. The Jaguar F-Type started out with the Convertible which was launched in 2012, followed by the F-Type Coupé. The current F-Type range consists of: F-Type Convertible, F-Type S Convertible, F-Type V8 S Convertible, F-Type Coupé, F-Type S Coupé and F-Type R Coupé.

F-Type Project 7 will be Jaguar’s fastest production car to date: with 575PS and 680Nm from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine, it will reach 60mph in 3.8-sec (0-100 km/h in 3.9-sec) with a top speed of 300km/h.

In celebration of the Jaguar D-type’s 60th anniversary, a car which won at le Mans three times and which inspired Project 7’s genesis, the F-Type Project 7 is scheduled to complete its demonstration laps alongside the very first D-type ever built in 1954, and with examples of the new F-Type R Coupé. Jaguar’s two D-Types at the Le Mans classic are piloted by 1988 Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, Richard Meaden, Gary Pearson and Chris Harris.

F-Type Project 7 is a fully road-legal two-seater roadster, which will be built by Jaguar Land Rover’s newly established Special Operations division. Of all aluminium construction and with bespoke carbon-fiber aerodynamic aids, a unique suspension tune, 80kg weight reduction and 575PS power output. The limited edition features carbon ceramic brakes, torque vectoring and race-inspired seats.

The Jaguar F-Type Project 7 will be available in EU markets, as well as South Africa, Australia, MENA, Russia, Brazil, Asia Pacific regions and North America. Deliveries are expected to begin from mid-2015.

Edited: Jaguar Land Rover

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