The XE SV Project 8 has beaten its previous lap record of 7:21.23 by shaving another 2.9 seconds off it.
The XE SV Project 8, a track-munching four-door saloon created by JLR's Special Vehicle Operation (SVO) skunkworks, has outperformed . . . well, itself. In November 2017, the XE SV Project 8 set a blistering time of 7:21.23 on the Green Hell's 20.6km lap. Once again, at the helm of Jaguar's development driver Vincent Radermecker, the car has achieved an even better lap time of 7:18.361, which is 2.9 seconds less than its previous record run. Jaguar claims the XE SV Project 8's new lap time is 7 seconds quicker than any other four-door production car's time on the same lap.
Sharing his thoughts on the SVO division's latest achievement, Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director at Jaguar SVO, 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.’
As the test run used a production-spec XE SV Project 8 track car, the engineers also fitted the car with high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. These off-the-shelf, road-legal tyres use rubber compounds directly borrowed from Michelin's competition tyres. Like before, the run was made using the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 from Jaguar. Last month, Jaguar had also announced a road-focused 'Touring Specification' of the XE SV Project 8. With a production run limited to just 15 units, this four-seater derivative is aimed at buyers looking for a toned-down, more discreet version of the original track thoroughbred.
As per Jaguar, the overall 300-unit production run of the XE SV Project 8 is set to end this year.