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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Is World’s Fastest Saloon Car, With Record Lap

600PS Jaguar XE SV Project 8 laps Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7min 21.23sec – the fastest ever time by a four-door sedan in production-intent specification.

Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7min 21.23sec, by racing driver Vincent Radermecker, is nearly 11 seconds quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 12.9-mile German circuit and puts the 600PS Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupes and supercars.

Project 8 is available to order as a four-seat sedan, or with an optional weight-saving two-seat Track Pack, which includes front Carbon Fibre Racing Seats with Four-Point Harnesses fixed to a Harness Retention Hoop in place of the rear seat. Both versions feature adjustable suspension, aerodynamics and electronic systems, which can be configured in Track Mode.

The 7min 21.23sec lap time was achieved with a prototype Project 8 prepared by SVO’s engineers in Track Mode and on production 265/35 R20 and 305/30 R20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. That time places the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and mid-engined supercars around the circuit known as ‘The Green Hell’. Watch Project 8’s Nürburgring Nordschleife record lap in full here:

Mark Stanton, Director of Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO division, 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. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.”

John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, added: “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

With the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 under its vented Carbon Fibre Bonnet, Project 8 is the second Collectors’ Edition vehicle from SVO. Hand assembly of no more than 300 cars begins at SVO’s Technical Centre in early 2018.

Track Mode sets the ride height of Project 8’s Continously Variable Dampers 15mm lower than standard, with the adjustable carbonfibre Front Splitter and carbonfibre Rear Aerodynamic Wing positioned for maximum downforce – Project 8 generates 122kg of downforce at 186mph, 25 per cent more than its nearest competitor.

Project 8’s new Carbon Ceramic Braking system uses motorsport-grade Synthetic Racing Fluid (SRF), which is ideal for use in arduous conditions such as those at the Nürburgring.