After making its global, dynamic debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes home the highly revered Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy. Surrounded by the most extreme, powerful performance cars in the world, the Jaguar faced intense competition, however the public highlighted Project 8 as one of the most popular cars over the course of the weekend and thus the vehicle was placed in the Showstopper final on Sunday afternoon along with 5 others.
The final was judged live by a panel of motor experts. Tim Harvey, former BTCC Champion and Michelin Supercar Paddock presenter headed up the panel and joining him on stage were Jon Quirk, British automotive journalist and broadcaster, American drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr., Paul Wallace the Supercars of London channel star, Seen Thru Glass channel star Sam Fane, and Jason Pelosi, custom car aficionado.
Tim Harvey, Chief Judge, said: "This shone through in the online vote, and when it came to our judging panel, we were all pretty quickly won over by the Jaguar as a true star of the short-listed six. It really does it for me as a former touring car racer, and the car's uncompromising looks and performance secured the rest. Congratulations Jaguar."
Designed, engineered and assembled by SVO, the second Collector's Edition, is a road-legal, hand-built, four-door sedan with a amazing fusion of V8 power, all-wheel drive traction and dynamic agility. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 features a highly tuned Jaguar Land Rover 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain, producing 600PS of power, reaching 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds* and moving past that to a top speed of 200mph.
To ensure Project 8's exclusivity, only 300 models will be hand-built at the Coventry based SVO Technical Centre, priced from £149,995 in the UK.
Project 8 is the most track-focused car SVO has ever produced, and features Jaguar's ultimate new Carbon Ceramic Braking system, height-adjustable suspension and F1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, the first industry use on a road car. Continuing the high performance specification, Gloss Carbon Fibre is used as a subtle trim, as well as Alcantara on the rim of the sport steering wheel. The car features an eight-speed Quickshift transmission that can be operated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel, or a central Pistolshift lever. Available with four seats or an optional two-seat pack, it is the first Jaguar to feature a dedicated Track Mode, delivering bespoke driveline and stability control systems for circuit use.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations Managing Director, commented: "We are absolutely delighted to receive the Showstopper award for Jaguar XE SV Project 8 on its world dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and to see the fantastic reaction it's had from car enthusiasts. With spectacular looks, supercar performance, and a soundtrack to match, Project 8 was always intended to turn heads on and off track."
*Performance figures are manufacturer's estimates and subject to final confirmation ahead of production