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Jaguar F-Type Project 7 with 570 PS in the driving report

Nick Dimbleby
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The look of the J aguar F-Type Project 7: Its window frame has been shortened by 114 millimeters and a wide scoop flows over the rear behind the driver's seat. But more important are the changes under the sheet metal - the stiffer steering column, stiffer springs and more negative camber on the front axle.

Seems like Jaguar has the F-Type R Cabrio only now fully developed. Now that the Special Vehicles Operation crew had him in their fingers. And that is certainly less due to the more drastic look with borrowings from the blessed D-Type, which it has as Project 7. Not even on the 25 hp anymore - but above all on its modified front axle. The interplay of harder springs, more negative camber and a partially stiffer steering column including the changed characteristic curve of the electrical support lets the Project 7 finally sniff as close to the ideal line as you would expect from a sports car.

Project 7 is the fastest Jaguar of all time

The pimped F-Type is also the fastest and most powerful street Jaguar of all time. On the Nordschleife, he took four seconds off the F-Type R and got 7:35 minutes. The suspension springs are 80 percent harder at the front and 8 percent harder at the rear. This apparent imbalance alone improves traction on the rear axle - but it would also promote significant understeer.

To compensate for this, the technicians increased the negative camber at the front 1.5 degrees (plus 1.0 degrees), which corresponds to a drastic increase of 150 percent. At the same time, the adaptive dampers were retuned; Interestingly, the spread in favor of the comfort level is now higher. This also ensures good everyday comfort and - more important for sports drivers - competent traction on poor country roads.

Project 7 is significantly more agile than the Jaguar F-Type

Here too does the reference to the inspirator fit perfectly; after all, as a Le Mans racing car, the D-Type had to be able to take in bumps. Incidentally, the number in the name Project 7 symbolizes the seven victories that Jaguar has achieved in the prestigious endurance race. Indeed, the open one throws itselfTwo-seater into the curve as motivated as if there was a trophy to be won. At the same time, it looks significantly more nimble than the weight loss of 85 kilograms compared to an F-Type R convertible would suggest.

The clumsiness that we have criticized the F-Type so far is blown away. Incidentally, the latent numbness of his steering. The two-seater steers in jaggedly, can be positioned precisely in the curve, stays clean on the ideal line, supports itself at the apex and braces itself vehemently on the next straight. In the traction control sport mode at the latest, the driver has all the freedom that can be enjoyed on public roads. And thanks to the now feedback-friendly steering, corrections are more or less left-wing - the lower part of the steering column is new and stiffer than before.

700 Nm for drifting, 575 hp good for the ear

And the need of the previous F-Type R to let the torque-overloaded rear axle hang out after the apex? That has given way to the option of using the 700 Nm (plus 20) on the racetrack for deliberately initiated drift - if desired. Despite being charged, the five-liter hangs creamy on the gas and its 575 hp can be effectively dosed. The supercharged eight-cylinder accompanies full load with the typical V8 shredder, which is now more emphatically presented.

Incidentally, it also forms the soundtrack of the country road: The Project 7 flushes in significantly more air and sound than the convertible. The frame of the windscreen has been shortened by 114 millimeters, along with the side windows; However, they remain in the sink - only then does the long-lost roadster effect occur: The airstream virtually gushes into the interior without creating an unpleasant draft; the airflow seems to be optimally smoothed.

Price up, number of items down

The 20 German customers who are still in One of the Project 7s, which are limited to 250 pieces and cost 155,000 euros, will be received this summer, should be mostly open. Also because the supplied fabric roof is only approved for up to 120 miles and because it is annoying fiddling to open it. Before you take the Project 7 out of the garage, it doesn't hurt to take a look at the weather forecast.


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