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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets new four-door Nurburgring lap record

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has beaten its own lap record of the Nürburgring to set a new four-door production car record of 7min 18.361sec.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has broken its own record by 2.9 seconds to set a new four-door production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7min 18.361sec. Not only is the lap time faster than its own time set in 2017, but it’s seven seconds faster than any other four-door production car that’s attempted the record.

Returning to the German circuit in a production-spec two-seat Track Pack version of Project 8 was Jaguar Land Rover development driver Vincent Radermecker. The car’s height-adjustable suspension was set in ‘track’ ride height, with adjustable front splitter and carbon-fibre rear aerodynamic wing positioned for maximum downforce and stability.

For the final record runs Project 8 was fitted with new off-the-shelf ultra-high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres.

Jamal Hameedi, Engineering Director, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, said: “The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster. This new official record time is a fitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries for our customers with Project 8.”

Production of the limited-edition Project 8 will finish this year. Australian Prices for the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (four seat) start from $325,000 and the two seat track pack is $349,000. All vehicles are LHD and cannot be registered in Australia.

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