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Jaguar Project 8 supercar blitzes Dubai Autodrome (V)

  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets Dubai Autodrome record
  • Now world’s fastest four-door production car…
  • …thanks to supercharged 441kW/700Nm engine
RECOPRD-SETTINGJAGUAR: Track record set at Dubai Autodrome. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

DUBAI AUTODROME, United Arab Emirates – The world’s fastest four-door sedan, Jaguar’s XE SV Project 8, has added a lap record to its global achievements by lapping the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome GP circuit in 2min18.81.

Which made the supercar the fastest four-seat, four-door sedan around the circuit.

Jaguar says the XE SV Project 8 is the most extreme sedan it has yet built. ”It’s based based on the award-winning Jaguar XE and built, designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations,” the company said.

RECORD-SETTINGJAGUAR: Image: Jaguar Land Rover

”Only 300 will be assembled for public sale. We want to preserve the exclusivity and collectability of the most powerful and agile Jaguar road car yet.”

MORE RECORDS LOGGED

The Project 8 car has two other records, set in November 2017, from Germany’s 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife, and another from California’s Laguna Seca Raceway in September 2018.

The Dubai record was set by Jaguar Land Rover test driver Xavi Barrio Duato who has, Jaguar says, ”a wealth of driving experience gathered in Spain and China over decades”.

WATCH THE Jaguar set its record lap in Dubai

Salman Sultan, Jaguar Dubai’s PR and social media manager, told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “The Nürburgring is a well-worn testbed for vehicle manufacturers to challenge their competition… but that is only one track.

”Our Jaguar XE SV Project 8 was assembled to be the fastest four-door sedan but on several tracks in different climates and on various surfaces.”

EVERY UNIT HAND-ASSEMBLED

The automakers says the car’s mix of engine power, dynamic agility and all-wheel drive is a result of significant SV enhancements that include light aluminium and carbon-fibre exterior panels and a 441kW, five-litre, supercharged V8.

The result is supercar performance – 320km/h and 0-100km/h in 3.7sec.

READ MORE Jaguar features on Carman’s Corner

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 units will be completely hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations at the automaker’s new SV Technical Centre in Warwickshire, central England.

The 300 cars will be available only with left-hand drive..

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