Jaguar has confirmed it will hurl its powerful F-TYPE Project 7 roadster into production, just hours after confirming plans to reveal a new Special Operations model at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
It was that same festival that first hosted the Project 7’s concept unveiling last year, where the carmaker hinted that if put into production, it would be the most powerful Jaguar money could buy.
It will take a lot of dollars (Jaguar isn’t saying how many), but buyers will have little reason to be disappointed at the spend. There will be only 250 built, and output will be even greater than in concept form.
Churning out 422kW and 680Nm from its supercharged 5.0 litre, the Project 7 will offer 18kW more power (but equal torque) than the already mental F-TYPE Coupe R that is driven by the same engine.
As for the Project 7’s fellow topless F-TYPE Roadster, the most power currently available with that model is ‘a mere’ 365kW in the V8 S.
As a result, Jaguar promises the Project 7 will hit 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, compared to 4.2 in the Coupe R.
Power in the new roadster is delivered to the rear wheels through Jaguar's eight-speed Quickshift auto, and the whole thing rides on a 10mm lower suspension setup with a new spring and damper tune.
Also among the Project 7’s many unique enhancements is a free-flow exhaust kit with a ceramic finish.
On the styling and aero front, there’s a bold new front bumper with huge intakes and a big splitter, along with side skirts and a rear diffuser - and, of course, that unique rear deck aero profiling.
The Project 7’s windscreen length is also reduced by 114mm, reducing overall height by 30.5mm, with new side windows to match the profile.
All of this gives the Project 7 a huge 177 percent increase in downforce over the regular Roadster, while weight has also been reduced by around 80kg.
And despite its fair-weather looks, the Project 7 does offer a roof: essentially a roll of fabric stowed in the boot.
Most important of all is confirmation that the Project 7 will be a road-legal offering - in the UK, at least. You may not see many around, however, with the limited build number likely to keep most examples hidden away in private hermetically sealed collections.
Named for Jaguar's seven Le Mans wins between 1951 and 1990 - a run the company proudly declares a record for any British carmaker - the Project 7 concept was painted in a shade of blue "reminiscent" of the victorious D-Types of 1956/57.
In production form, it will be offered in five colours: Ultra Blue, Caldera Red, British Racing Green (all with white decal options), Ultimate Black and Glacier White (both with grey decal options).
The first customer deliveries are confirmed for mid-2015. Watch for word on pricing and Australian availability (we don’t expect it to be more than a few).