Jaguar's most extreme road-legal car yet, the XE SV Project 8, was shown by the brand at the LA Auto Show in early December 2017. The vehicle set a world record at the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, lapping the track in 7min 21.23sec which is the fastest ever time by a four-door sedan in production-intent specification.
The time of 7min 21.23sec was set by racing driver Vincent Radermecker, and is a whole 11 seconds quicker than the previous record around the 12.9mile German circuit. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 was designed, engineered and beautifully hand-assembled by SVO and reaches 60mph in 3.3sec before propelling to a top speed of 200mph.
"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."
Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations
The impressive lap time positions the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 ahead of some of the world's fastest two-door coupes and mid-engine supercars. The model house's the most highly tuned version of the Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine underneath a aerodynamic vented carbon fibre bonnet. As the second Collector's Edition vehicle from SVO, Project 8 will begin assembly in early 2018 at the SVO Technical Centre in Coventry, UK. Customers will be able to opt for either the four-seat or two-seat Track Pack specification.