Jaguar smashes Nurburgring record for sedans

Jaguar smashes Nurburgring record for sedans

Jaguar smashes Nurburgring record for sedans

According to the automaker, the XE SV Project 8- designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division-sprints from zero to 60 m.p.h.in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 200 m.p.h.

Jaguar claims its XE SV Project 8 crushed a Nürburgring sedan lap record.

Back in June, Jaguar revealed the XE SV Project 8 as a £150,000 halo auto - effectively an XE with the underpinnings of the F-Type SVR - with 592bhp and the promise of extreme performance.

As previously suspected Jaguar has been lapping the Nurburgring in Germany in the hunt for a new production sedan lap record. Built by racing specialist Prodrive, the Type RA NBR model set a blistering time of six minutes and 57.5 seconds.

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Jaguar says it expects the full 300-model run of the Project 8 to be sold out soon, telling Autocar that more than a third had sold before the vehicle was shown in the flesh. But speed and driving exhilaration aren't just about the power. This edges the XE SV into the realms of the Porsche 911 GT3 and ahead of fellow limited-run track special, the BMW M4 GTS. It also gets a complete set of advanced electronics and high-tech driver assist features to provide excellent control over its hyper-performance as a road auto. The adjustable carbon fibre front splitter and rear wing are also positioned in a manner that generates maximum downforce- 122kg at 299kmph.

From the outside, even though the XE SV appears nearly similar to the regular XE, it has undergone extensive alterations. Will the production model be any slower? In particular, the front headlights have been moved forward by 14mm to allow for extra cooling and engine work.

SVO director Mark Stanton said: "Only the roof and front door skins of Project 8's body are carried over unaltered from XE".

The car's exterior has been developed with wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Jaguar claims to have achieved 205 percent reduced lift in Track mode, with the auto producing more than 122kg of downforce at 299 kph.

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