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Jaguar XE SV Project 8: Seca lap makes Big Cat world’s fastest

  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8 ‘world’s fastest production sedan’
  • Randy Pobst clocks 1min37.54 on WeatherTech Raceway
  • XE SV Project 8 quickest road-legal Jaguar yet
HOT LAP AT SECA: Jaguar's limited-edition XE SV Project 8 sedan is claiming to be the world's fastest sedan. Image: Jaguar Cars / Newspress
HOT LAP AT SECA: Jaguar’s limited-edition XE SV Project 8 sedan is claiming to be the world’s fastest sedan. Image: Jaguar Cars / Newspress

LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY, California – Jaguar’s supercar-rivalling XE SV Project 8 has confirmed its status as the world’s fastest four-door car by setting a track record here.

The 441kW, 322km/h four-door road-legal sedan lapped the 3.6km WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1min37.54 – almost a second faster than the previous production sedan record – with racing driver Randy Pobst at the wheel.

As the most extreme Jaguar yet produced, XE SV Project 8 is a sedan with genuine supercar performance. Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations engineers fine-tuned the car on some of the world’s most thrilling test tracks, including Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife.

WATCH THE lap record unfold here

Towards the end of 2017 the XE SV Project 8 lapped the 20.76km circuit in a record 7min21.23.

Each of the 300 hand-built Project 8 cars, Jaguar says, start life as a standard XE body-in-white at the Special Vehicle Operations Technical Centre in Coventry, central England. Work begins with modifications to accommodate the tuned and supercharged five-litre V8 engine and a special rear differential.

Unlike most high-performance production sedans, the all-wheel-drive XE SV Project 8 is, the automaker says, studded with motor racing technology such as F1-style ceramic wheel bearings, adjustable ride height, and adjustable camber.

WIDER WHEELS, BIGGER BRAKES

The front and rear fenders are designed to accommodate larger, wider, wheels required to accommodate the larger brakes. The V8’s power is routed through all four Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres through from an eight-speed Quickshift automatic ZF transmission, helping to propel the car from 0-100km/h in 3.7sec and an electronically limited top speed of 322km/h.

In order to achieve this performance, the car receives significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, among them a ‘Track’ mode for maximum downforce and further improvements to the damping, throttle and steering response.

READ MORE Jaguar features on Carman’s Corner

Project 8 is available in two specifications. The standard four-seat model has Jaguar’s latest Performance ffront seats with magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear squab to maximise support. The optional two-seat Track Pack includes front carbon fibre race seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seat

Each Project 8 will be built in left-hand drive configuration only.

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