THE WORLD’S FASTEST SALOON SMASHES ITS OWN NÜRBURGRING LAP RECORD
Having previously set the official whole lap record for the mid-range production car class in November 2017, the world’s fastest saloon car went around the 12.8-mile lap 2.9 seconds faster this time around.
The Project 8 was driven by development driver Vincent Radermecker, as he managed to set an officially verified lap time of 7min 18.361secs.
The car Vincent used was a two-seat Track Pack version of the 600PS, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 super saloon. It is capable of going from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds before going onto a top speed of 200mph.
The Project 8 was also fitted with the new ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which were chosen by Special Vehicle Operations engineers to maximise performance and steering precision. The road-legal tyres uses rubber compounds transferred from Michelin’s competition tyres.
The XE also had its height-adjustable twin-spring coil-over suspension set to ‘track’ height, with the adjustable front splitter and carbon fibre aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.
Jamal Hameedi, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations’ Engineering Director, said the original Nürburgring lap record demonstrated the XE SV Project 8’s performance, adding:
“The SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew the 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 limited-edition Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s production comes to an end this year, with customers able to choose from three specifications – lightweight two-seat Track Pack, a four-seater version and the Touring specification.