Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets New Track Record at Laguna Seca
Jaguar’s supercar-rivalling XE SV Project 8 has confirmed its status as the world’s fastest four-door car by setting a new track record.
The 592 bhp, 200 mph four-door road-legal saloon lapped the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca race track in 1 min 37.54 sec – almost a second faster than the previous production saloon record – with racing driver Randy Pobst at the wheel.
Claimed to be the most extreme Jaguar yet produced, the specially adapted model has been fine-tuned on some of the world’s most famous test tracks. Late last year the XE SV Project 8 even managed to lap the 12.9-mile Nürburgring circuit in a record 7 min 21.23 sec.
“Designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, this record-breaking sedan is made for the world’s most demanding driving enthusiasts,” claims Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations MD, Michael van der Sande.
The car is a heavily modified version of Jaguar’s XE sports saloon. While based on the XE’s aluminium-intensive monocoque, each of the 300 hand-built Project 8 cars are modified to accommodate the specially tuned, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine and a bespoke rear differential.
The all-wheel-drive XE SV Project 8 also gets motor racing tech such as F1-style ceramic wheel bearings, adjustable ride height and adjustable camber.
The front and rear fenders are bespoke to accommodate larger, wider, wheels which are necessitated by the larger brakes. The V8’s power is routed through all four Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres through an eight-speed Quickshift automatic ZF transmission, helping to propel the car from 0-60 mph in 3.3 sec and an electronically limited top speed of 200 mph.
In order to achieve this performance, the car receives major aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, including a ‘Track’ mode for maximum downforce and further improvements to the damping, throttle and steering response.
The Project 8 comes in two specifications – a standard four-seat model with Jaguar’s latest front sport seats featuring magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear squab to maximise support; and an optional two-seat ‘Track Pack’ version that includes lightweight front carbon-fibre racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seat.
Strictly limited to 300 units, each Project 8 is hand-built at the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations facility in Coventry.