Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the SVO-developed fire-breathing XE is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.23sec is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 12.9-mile German circuit and puts the 591.79 hp Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars. The 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 3.3 seconds and an impressive top speed figure of 320 km/h. Besides a reworked engine, the XE SV Project 8 has undergone modifications to bodywork, including widened front and rear wheel arches, an aggressively styled front fascia and a giant rear wing.
The wing and other aerodynamic modifications deliver a downforce or 269 pounds at 297.6 km/h. Jaguar has used lightweight materials that include carbon fibre for the front and rear bumpers, front fenders and rear diffuser. In the process, the XE SV has lost about 97 kg compared to the previous XE which weighed in at 1842 kg.
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 percent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”
The engine is a reworked version of the supercharged 5.0-litre V-8, and it gets a new air-intake system and exhales through a lightweight titanium exhaust. The transmission is the ZF eight-speed automatic from the regular XE but with more aggressive software that Jaguar says is able to change gears in 0.2 seconds. The car also gets all-wheel drive and a torque-vectoring rear differential.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, added: “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."