When we think of Jaguar we often think about the fact that the specialists are focusing on building cars for older people. Now, the carmaker has decided to make us change our mind and has been doing this for the last models it had produced. Of course, this does not mean they have left the past behind, but it means that they have changed the strategy and that they are building the car differently now. The carmaker has unveiled the new Project 7 just before its official debut that will take place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this next weekend.
Please take a look in the gallery below and see how the specialists have managed to see how the past and the present, but also the future mix in a new and interesting model. The team leader of the ones that were involved in the process was Ian Callum, the Director of Design of Jaguar and according to him, this is a design study that has as base the F-Type roadster. All the inspiration came from the D-type racer produced from 1954 to 1957. So that you know, this model won the Le Mans 24-hour race three times in 1955, 1956 and 1957.
To turn the model from a convertible to a speedster racer, the engineers had to remove the fabric roof system, to cut down the windscreen, change the livery and the D-type-inspired rear fairing section that incorporates a rollover hoop and swoops down from behind the head of the driver. In terms of aerodynamics the specialists have modified the carbon-fiber front splitter, the side skirts and have offered a bigger rear diffuser and a fixed rear spoiler with a 14-degree angle of attack. The model receives power from a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 unit capable of generating 542 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and to reach a top speed of 186 mph.
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