While the Jaguar historic department caters to discerning vintage-car enthusiasts with projects like the latter-day LWE, the new Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team, based in Oxford, England, reaches out to a different breed of collector: Let’s call them power-mad young egomaniacs.
And that brings us with dispatch to their first offering, the F-Type Project 7. Named for Jaguar’s seven wins at Le Mans and limited to a mere 250 copies world-wide, these F-Type-based speedsters ($165,000 apiece for the 50 heading to North America) can be spotted in the wild thanks to the extravagant hump of bodywork behind the driver’s head, a homage to the streamlined rollbar buttress of the Le Mans-winning D-Type.
The Project 7 comes with aero bits the D-Type never dreamed of, including the gopher-killing carbon-fiber front splitter, carbon side sills, the dramatic rear diffuser and scythe-like rear spoiler.
There is thump to go with that hump: a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, here tweaked to produce 575 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm (up 25 hp and 14 lb-ft over F-Type R’s output). It’s got all the bits: eight-speed automatic, track-tuned electronic differential, brake-based torque-vectoring.
The abundant mechanical grip is provided by Continental soft-compound tires wrapped around painted-black 20-inch alloy wheels. The wheels had to be big to fit the brakes: 15.7/15.0-inch carbon ceramic rotors (front/rear) with canary-yellow monobloc calipers. The lightweight binders help but overall, the Project 7 (3,571 pounds) comes in only 99 pounds lighter than a 2015 F-Type R Convertible.