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Published on July 25th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record

Priced from RM900,000 before local taxes and shipping, this is the fastest sedan in the world right now and we wonder why the marketers at RS, M Power and AMG are not working to counter this British brand, Indian owned sedan. Yes, the engineers at Jaguar have produced a sedan capable of tearing around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7min 18.361sec. The Audi RS Avant laps the circuit in 7min 58.52 secs and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S does it in 7min 55.0 secs.

Press Release: The Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations-developed 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: 7min 18.361secs.

This new officially-verified time on the 20.6km (12.8-mile) lap is 2.9seconds faster than Project 8’s previous benchmark set in November 2017 and 7seconds faster than any other four-door production car has achieved.

Project 8 is also the first vehicle to set an official whole lap recordin the Nürburgring’smid-range production car class, lapping the 20.8km (12.94-mile) circuit lengthin 7min 23.164sec.

Returning to the legendary German circuit in a production-specificationtwo-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 was development driver VincentRadermecker. The car’s height-adjustable twin-spring coil-oversuspension was set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbonfibrerear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.

To maximise performance and steering precision, for the final record runsProject 8 was fitted with new off-the-shelf ultra-high-performance MichelinPilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. Tested and chosen by SV engineers for theircapability on the track, the road-legal tyres use rubber compounds directlytransferred from Michelin’s competition tyres.

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’sfastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentalityand we knew Project 8 could go even faster. This new official record time is afitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries forour customers with Project 8.”

Powered by the most highly tuned 600PS version of Jaguar’s5.0-litre Supercharged V8, the all-wheel-drive Project 8 is capable of 0-60mphin 3.3 seconds (0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds) and a top speed of 200mph (320km/h). Project 8 also features a fully-enclosed flat underbody for enhancedaerodynamics, which is key to its performance.

Productionof the limited-edition Project 8 will finish this year. There are three distinct four-door specifications available:

  • Lightweight two-seat Track Pack* –as used for the record lap times
  • Four-seat configuration with sameaero package and performance as Track Pack
  • Touring specification with discreetfixed rear spoiler – the ultimate Q-car, limited to 15 examples worldwide and186mph.

Pricesfor the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 start from £149,995 in the UK


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