Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) creates the ultimate Jaguar vehicles and the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is no exception to this. Known as 'The Most Extreme Performance Jaguar Ever', the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 produces 600PS from a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 engine, making it the most powerful road legal Jaguar to date.
To guarantee exclusivity, production of the SVO was strictly limited to 300 cars worldwide, with each one hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England and now known as the fastest saloon in the world, the Project 8 has a 0-60mph time of 3.3sec and a top speed of an astonishing 200mph, which is actually quicker to 60mph than the all-wheel-drive F-Type SVR.
Engineered with the intention of being the most exhilarating sports saloon in the world, this contemporary Jaguar has achieved this goal - lapping the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7min 23sec, meaning the Project 8 has achieved the fastest ever time by a four-door sedan in production specification. The time taken to lap the 'ring was nearly 11 seconds quicker the previous fastest saloon.
The impressive Nurburgring record which made the XE SV Project 8 Jaguar the fastest saloon in the world wasn't achieved solely as a result of the 600PS produced by the powerful supercharged V8 - the SVO team, a specialist group of Jaguar Land Rover designers, engineers and technicians dedicated to enhancing the performance, luxury and capability attributes of vehicles, made intricate changes to the Project 8, which were fundamental to the performance of this bespoke Jaguar.
Some of the performance features on Project 8...
SVO have pushed the boundaries of performance by adding features like an adjustable front splitter, a flat underbody and an adjustable aero wing for low drag or downforce.
The Project 8 boasts a widened body – it extends 55mm further out than production model which accommodates its wide forged alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Cup 2 tyres.
Its carbon bonnet saves 3kg and its carbon ceramic brakes save 18kg - just two of its carbon features that allow for a great amount of weight-saving on Project 8.
Front headlights of the XE SV Project 8 have been moved forward by 14mm – the new placement of the headlights allow for extra cooling and engine work.
As well as the innovative 5.0-litre engine, the Project 8 boasts a revolutionary Lightweight Aluminum Architecture and when combined with use of a bespoke carbon fibre bonnet - which is 3kg lighter than the production version, as well as the further use of innovative carbon fibre features including bumpers, fender, side skirts, front splitter and rear aero wing, all keep the weight of the Project 8 low.
Other intelligent features including an adjustable front splitter, a flat underbody, a rear diffuser and an adjustable rear wing, resulted in improved downforce - more than 122kg produced at 186mph, which also contributed to the rapid movement of the car and supercar-beating performance.
You can be 'at one' with the car when you're getting the most out of its performance thanks to being gripped tight by its magnesium-framed Performance or optional Carbon Fibre racing seats.
Choose how you shift gears; either with paddles mounted behind the steering wheel or using a 'fighter jet inspired' Pistolshift selector.
Mark Stanton, SVO Director believes the extensive changes made to the Project 8 - which boasts 75% new bodywork compared with that of a regular Jaguar XE, validates the astonishing Nurburgring Nordschleife record. Stanton 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."
The extensive and intricate changes made to the hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 contributed massively to the triumphant track time - even the front headlights have been moved forward by 14mm to allow for extra cooling, to improve the overall engine performance.
Jaguar's SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 also boasts motor sport derived suspension and a modified All-Wheel Drive system, which not only provides outstanding agility, but also ensures the colossal power can be utilised in the most effective way on track. The widened body of this super sports car extends 55mm further out than the standard XE accommodating wider tyres.
The time achieved by the 600PS Project 8 not only makes it the world's fastest four-door saloon car, but the impressive time of 7min 23sec puts the performance saloon ahead of some of the world's fastest two-door coupes and supercars.
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