Jaguar XE SV Project 8 breaks own Nurburgring lap record

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets new Nurburgring lap record

Hardcore super saloon bows out of production by reinforcing its four-door top spot at the Nordschleife

The hardcore Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has broken its own Nürburgring lap record for a four-door production car by 2.9 seconds, lapping the circuit in 7min 18.361sec. 

The new time was set by Project 8 development driver Vincent Radermecker, who was also at the wheel when the car initially broke the record with a 7min 21.23sec lap time in November 2017. 

The record was previously held by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which set a time of 7min 32sec in 2016. 

No modifications were made to the Project 8’s 592bhp supercharged 5.0-litre V8 for the improved time, but Jaguar said a set of new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R road tyres were fitted to “maximise performance and steering precision”. 

The record was broken on both occasions by range-topping two-seat Track Pack variants of the Project 8. 

Jamal Hameedi, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations’ engineering director, 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.”

The news comes as Jaguar prepares to wrap up production of the Project 8 later this year. It remains Jaguar’s quickest current model, with a 0-60mph time of 3.3sec and a top speed of 200mph. 

The company recently launched a new Touring edition of the Project 8, featuring more subtle exterior styling. It is the most exclusive variant, with production limited to just 15 units. 

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Source: Autocar

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