Watch The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Clock A 7:21 'Ring Lap

Jaguar's limited-run, track-focused monster just became the fastest four-door production car at the Nurburgring
Watch The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Clock A 7:21 'Ring Lap

Step aside Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, there’s a new four-door ‘Ring king: the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. The hardcore, track-focused version of the XE clocked a 7min 21.23sec lap, 11 seconds faster than the Alfa, and a smidge quicker than a Ferrari 488 GTB went around the Green Hell during a Sport Auto test last year.

Yep, quicker than a supercar. Then again, it is as expensive as a supercar: the UK price before options is £149,995, with only 300 being made. There’s also very little XE left. Jaguar says around 75 per cent of Project 8 is new relative to the standard XE - the suspension has been almost entirely replaced, the bodywork is all bespoke (save for the front door skins and roof), and a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been squeezed under the bonnet.

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There are three main takeaways from the stunning footage of the lap. Firstly, good lord, is that 592bhp V8 loud. Secondly, the four-wheel drive system clearly likes to send quite a lot of poke to the rear, and finally, you get a sense of just how stiff this car is.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show…



The Alfa QV is less than half the cost though and has back seats. Plus a stock 2012 GT-R is faster than this - a similarly priced Nismo being near enough 14s quicker again. Good but not great.

11/29/2017 - 09:40 |
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It has four doors, but no back seat.
This has to be the most pointless trackday special ever. Why not an F type?
(Still have respect for the driver. What a lap!)

11/29/2017 - 09:49 |
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Might have gone quicker if he turned off the screen and the airconditioning. Who sets it at 18 degrees when it’s not summer anyways?

11/29/2017 - 11:02 |
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11/29/2017 - 11:42 |
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Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

I think I get now what James May was ranting about. This thing is going to be unusable for everyday driving, all for setting a time on a popular circuit.

11/29/2017 - 12:55 |
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So? Who TF would even daily drive such a car. Hell I wouldn’t daily drive an M3 let alone this.

11/29/2017 - 20:45 |
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I’m just happy the ZL1 1LE went 5 seconds faster. Yes I am British OSsloth

11/29/2017 - 13:25 |
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