Jaguar's most powerful road car was the only sedan at the Goodwood Festival of Speed's supercar paddock.
Choosing a standout car from this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is no easy task. We’ll never forget experiencing the sensational speed of the Rimac Concept One rocketing up the famous hillclimb. Bugatti also did its best to stand out with a glorious gathering of over 9,000-hp worth of Veyrons and Chirons, and Porsche finally revealed the new 911 GT2 RS. But the real winner? That would be the menacing Jaguar XE SV Project 8, which won the prestigious Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy just four days after the car’s unveil.
The super sedan was the only four-door car in the Michelin Supercar Run, where it faced stiff competition from the likes of the Aston Martin AMR Pro, McLaren 570S and Koenigsegg Agera RS. Voters elected the Project 8 as one of the six most popular cars of the weekend in an online poll, qualifying it for the overall Showstopper final. The shortlist was judged by former BTCC Champion Tim Harvey, automotive journalist Jon Quirk, drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr., Supercars of London channel star Paul Wallace, Seen Thru Glass channel star Sam Fane and London-based custom car aficionado Jason Pelosi. “Jaguar’s Project 8 really took everyone by surprise at the Festival this weekend,” said Tim Harvey.
“Not only was it the car’s world debut – but the sheer extremes of the car, and the way it’s pushed the boundaries in every single way, made it an absolute standout in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.” Powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine with 592-hp on tap, the Project 8 is the fastest accelerating Jaguar ever with a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds. Limited to just 300 examples, it also features a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust, all-wheel drive, and motorsport-derived aerodynamics.