The Jaguar’s SVO-developed XE SV Project 8 is now the world’s fastest four-door car, following a production-intent prototype’s record lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The incredible time of 7 min 21.23 s is nearly 11 s quicker than the previous fastest sedan around the legendary 20.7 km German circuit and puts the 591.3 hp (441 kW) Project 8 ahead of some of the world’s fastest two-door coupés and supercars.
Check out the on-board footage of the record lap below:
Speaking about the new record, Mark Stanton, SVO Director, said that the SVO design and engineering team’s mission was to create the most track-focused road-legal Jaguar in history – not only the fastest, but also the most agile. As a result, only the roof and front door skins of Project 8’s body are carried-over unaltered from XE and 75 percent of its mechanical hardware is new. This astonishing Nürburgring Nordschleife record validates the success of such extensive changes.
John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, added that the SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.