There was no dearth of awesome cars at the Indian Auto Expo held at New Delhi and two of them which contributed to that list were the Jaguar Project 7 and the Jaguar C-X17.
The Project 7 is a special, one-off design study based on the Jaguar F-Type. The car is a single seater built with a lot of weight saving measures factored in. The body shell is fabricated entirely out of aluminium, components that help in increasing the car’s aerodynamic efficiency are made out of carbon fibre and to propel this beautiful piece of British engineering all the way to a top speed of 300 kph is Jaguar’s 5.0 litre, supercharged V8 petrol engine that belts out 542 bhp. With so many horses under the bonnet, the 100 kph dash is dealt with in just 4.2 seconds.
The Project 7 was designed by a team led by Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum and made its first ever debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. This car was designed purely with speed in mind as evident from the front splitter to erase understeer, side skirts and a rear diffuser to increase downforce, a lowered windshield to reduce drag and a fairing similar to one seen on an F1 car behind the driver’s seat.
The other vehicle displayed at the JLR stall was the tastefully designed C-X17 SUV concept. A lot of eyebrows went up when Jaguar announced that it would be designing an SUV but this is Jaguar we’re talking about. Despite being used to suave sedans and not really liking the looks of this car in photographs, we found the C-X17 to be an exceptionally good looking car in the flesh.
The car will have immense presence once it drives out on public roads and the driver sits up high with a commanding view of what lies ahead. The interior looks and feels like it belongs in a century where we live in a Star Trek-like world. A lot of the controls have no buttons but instead are controlled by touch, similar to how you would operate a smartphone.
The C-X17 interior, like any Jag interior, is a very nice (read, opulent!) place to be, with all its smooth lines, arches and super high quality materials. If this concept goes into production, it is doubtless that people will make a beeline for the Jaguar showrooms and this could very well give its competition some pretty bad headaches!