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The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Breaks the Nürburgring Sedan Record

Yep, Jag Did It Again

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has done it again. It beat the Nürburgring lap time record for sedans. The car managed to slam down a time of 7 minutes and 18.3 seconds, making it a seriously fast lap time, one that’s 2.9 seconds faster than the previous record from 2017. The previous record was also set by Jaguar.

According to EVO Magazine, the next closest thing to Jag’s superfast XE is the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door. Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations Engineering Director Jamal Hameedi said the new record is a fitting reward for all the people who worked on the car. He also said the following:

The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster. 

Racing driver Vincent Radermecker was the man behind the wheel of the car. The car itself features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8. That engine in the XE SV Project 8 makes a strong 592 hp. Pair that with variable adaptive suspension and all sorts of aerodynamic goodies, and you have one of the fastest sedans you can imagine. You can watch the lap below.

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The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 looks like an XE, but is almost completely new

Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8 is a thoroughly astonishing sports sedan. With a 592-horsepower V8, it’s the most powerful Jaguar road car ever produced. And it’s amazing to think that Jaguar’s most powerful car is a version of its entry-level sedan. Or at least it looks that way. In reality, the majority of the body is completely unique to the Project 8. A Jaguar representative told us that only the roof and door skins are shared with the standard XE. The other 70 percent of the exterior is completely unique to the car.

These changed body panels include wider fenders of course, and many of the pieces are made from carbon fiber rather than metal, but there are also some more unusual tweaks. For instance, the headlights actually had to be moved to a different position to make space for the Project 8’s massive wheels and tires. The tires, for reference, are 265-mm wide at the front, and the rears are 305-mm wide.

There were also some changes for style. The air vents at the front that consist of many small holes in the bumper are a tribute to Jaguars of the past. The hexagonal shape of the holes apes that of the vintage Jaguar logo, which featured the word Jaguar in an elongated hexagon.

All in all, there’s an impressive amount of new engineering that went into creating the Project 8. The results are, in a word, stunning.

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Jaguar with claws: 592-hp XE SV Project 8 Collector’s Edition

A few years ago, and to much fanfare, Jaguar launched the F-Type Project 7. It was Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit’s first Collector’s Edition car. It now has a successor – with four doors. Jaguar has announced the XE SV Project 8 Collector’s Edition, which will get its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Project 8 is as a 592-horsepower sedan that the automaker is calling “the most extreme Jaguar ever.” It’s powered by a specially tuned version of the company’s 5.0-liter V8 engine, which will make it Jaguar’s most powerful vehicle ever put into production. It will be limited to just 300 examples hand-built at SVO’s Technical Centre in Coventry. As for how much it’ll set you back if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards says Project 8 “is conceived for enthusiasts and the most discerning collectors. The price for such an extreme performance sports car available in strictly limited numbers will reflect that.”

Engine tuning is just one of the upgrades to the Project 8, but, for now, Jaguar is remaining vague about other alterations to the XE. Edwards says the car “takes aerodynamics and performance engineering to another level,” and there’s no reason not to take him at his word. The British automaker says it’ll let us know more about the car on June 28, just two days before its official introduction. For now, though, we can enjoy the teaser video from Jaguar, above, which shows the XE SV Project 8 in a particularly sporty camouflage wrapper testing on the Nürburgring.

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