Jaguar XE SV PROJECT 8, the world’s fastest four-door sedan, beats its own Nürburgring Nordschleife record.
JAGUAR XE SV PROJECT 8: SUPERCAR SEDAN! lowers the fastest Nürburgring time for a four-door production car to 7 minutes 18.361seconds on the 20.6 kilometer Nordschleife lap on July 24, 2019. Project 8 development driver Vincent Radermecker returns to the legendary German circuit and cuts 2.9 seconds off his previous fastest time, set in November 2017
Officially verified records were achieved using off-the-shelf Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. The Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations-developed 200-mph XE SV Project 8 has demonstrated its breadth of performance capability by setting the fastest Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time for a four-door production car again: 7 minutes 18.361seconds.
This new record time on the 20.6-kilometer (12.8-mile) lap is 2.9 seconds faster than Project 8’s previous benchmark set in November 2017 and 7 seconds faster than any other four-door production car has achieved. Project 8 is also the first vehicle to set an official whole lap record in the Nürburgring’s mid-range production car class, lapping the 20.8-kilometer (12.94-mile) circuit length in 7 minutes 23.164 seconds.
Returning to the legendary German circuit in a production-specification two-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 was development driver Vincent Radermecker. The car’s height-adjustable twin-spring coil-over suspension was set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbon fiber rear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.
To maximize performance and steering precision for the final record runs, Project 8 was fitted with new off-the-shelf ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Tested and chosen by SV engineers for their capability on the track, the road-legal tires use rubber compounds directly transferred from Michelin’s competition tires.
Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster. This new official record time is a fitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries for our customers with Project 8.”
Powered by the most highly tuned 600-PS version of Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the all-wheel-drive Project 8 is capable of 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Project 8 also features a fully enclosed flat underbody for enhanced aerodynamics, which is key to its performance.
Production of the limited edition Project 8 will finish this year. There are three distinct four-door specifications available: Lightweight two-seat Track Pack (not available in Japan, USA or Canada) – as used for the record lap times, Four-seat configuration with same aero package and performance as Track Pack; Touring specification with discreet fixed rear spoiler – the ultimate Q-car, limited to 15 examples worldwide and 186 mph top speed. Prices for the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 start from £149,995 in the UK.
Experience a 360-degree onboard view of XE SV Project 8’s record Nürburgring lap @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fDwCaAgb3Q
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