Jaguar has set a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 becoming the fastest four-door sedan in production-intent specification to lap the famous circuit.
The XE SV Project 8, developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), now holds the record as the fastest 4-door sedan with production intent to lap the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Only 300 examples of the XE SV Project 8 are slated for production and all units will be in left-hand drive only, which means it will not be sold in South Africa.
The 441 kW / 700 Nm XE SV Project 8 prototype is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 capable of zero to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 322 kph. The XE SV Project 8 prototype lapped The Ring in a blistering time of 7:21.2, bettering the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s previous record by almost 11 seconds!
Mark Stanton, SVO Director, said “The SVO design and engineering team’s mission was to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile. As a result, only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 per cent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, said “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”