Jaguar's SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world's fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype's record lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The 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 BHP Project 8 ahead of some of the world's fastest two-door coupes and supercars. The Project 8 is also the company's lightest V8 sedan.
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 Nurburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes."
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Fundamental to the performance of the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, Project 8 features a number of modifications to the XE's lightweight aluminium body panels, including- carbon fibre bumper with enhanced cooling ducts, vented carbon fibre bonnet, flared bodywork covering 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels, adjustable front splitter, flat underbody, rear carbon fibre bumper, rear diffuser and adjustable rear aerodynamic wing.
The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 features Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain that can churn out maximum power of 591 BHP. It is complemented by Jaguar's All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and motorsport-derived aerodynamics to deliver a 321kmph top speed and 0-100kmph in 3.3seconds, making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.