Bloody good way to scare the kids on the way to school.
Following its static premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Thursday, the mighty Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has made a dynamic appearance at the event running up the hill. Now, we can confirm – it’s not only very good-looking, but it has a great sound and looks confident on the track.
With so many go-fast technologies, this is no surprise. First of all, it’s created and tuned by the Special Vehicle Operations division, which has already proved it knows a thing or two about making really impressive vehicles with the F-Type Project 8.
The two cars share the same engine, a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 delivering 592 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 Newton-meters) of torque in this application – and turning the sedan into the most powerful production car in Jaguar’s history. All that power is channeled to the four wheels, ensuring better grip.
But that’s not the only upgrade over the standard XE. Plenty of carbon fiber details, including the front and rear bumpers, and the vented hood, lower the curb weight, while the additional body kit gives not only aerodynamic advantages, but makes room for a set of massive 20-inch wheels. More aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, massive fixed rear wing, slightly wider wheel arches, and a rear diffuser should make it easy to distinguish it from the regular XEs.
“Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise,” as Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director John Edwards described the car.
Indeed, it’s an extreme machine. According to the manufacturer, the XE SV Project 8 needs only 3.3 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) and has an electronically-limited top speed of 200 mph (321 kph).
Make sure to also check out our exclusive video with the XE SV Project 8 featuring Motor1.com UK's Sam Burnett.
Source: Goodwood Festival of Speed