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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Smashes Its Own Nurburgring Record

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Your move: everyone.

It’s not very often that a car breaks its own record, but Jaguar has done just that. The British carmaker's hardcore XE SV Project 8 has broken its own Nurburgring lap record for a four-door production sedan with a new time of 7:18.361. Project 8 development driver Vincent Radermecker, who previously piloted the vehicle for its initial ‘Ring lap record back in 2017, was at the helm once again.

Before the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 set the record two years ago, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio held the crown with a time of 7:32. The Jaguar beat that with a time of 7:21.23 and has now smashed its own record by 2.9 seconds. All of this has been officially verified for the record books.

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All the more impressive is that no modifications were done to the Project 8’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which delivers a total of 592 horsepower. Jaguar did swap in a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires this time around in order to "maximize performance and steering precision.” The tested vehicle itself was entirely production-spec and was equipped with the two-seat Track Pack, which is not available in the US, unfortunately.

"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,” said Jamal Hameedi, Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations engineering chief. "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.”

Jaguar is reportedly scheduled to complete Project 8 production later this year. Last month, the UK firm unveiled the XE SV Project 8 Grand Tourer, featuring some subtle exterior styling changes. Total production will be capped at only 15 examples. The "regular” Project 8 is limited to 300 units.