Jaguar is offering the paying public a chance to ride on board an XE SV Project 8 for a hot lap of the Nurburgring. For 199 euros (about $225), thrill-seeking customers will be driven around the track by a professional driver in the car that claims to be the world’s fastest four-door.
Built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division, the V8-powered executive sedan has been stripped out, lightened, and tweaked to make it accelerate, brake, and handle more responsively than the standard XE.
The beating heart of the vehicle, though, is the 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 engine, which produces 592 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (699 Newton-meters) of torque. It allows a 0-62 mile-per-hour (100-kilometer-per-hour) sprint of 3.3 seconds, as well as a 200 mph (322 kph) top speed. That, in turn, means the XE SV Project 8 is capable of completing a full circuit of the 'Ring in a smidge over 7 minutes and 21 seconds.
Clients who slip inside the Project 8 will experience some of that performance, with the car reaching speeds of more than 150 mph (241 kph) and the occupants being subjected to G-forces of up to 1.8 times the force of gravity. That peak will be felt on the notorious Karussell banking, which occurs around three-quarters of the way around the 12.9-mile (20.8-kilometer) track.
Dubbed the Green Hell, the Nurburgring’s infamous Nordschleife circuit is open to the public, who can pay a fee to take their own car on a lap that has claimed the lives of many racing drivers.
Jaguar’s Race Taxi service, however, sees customers placed in the capable hands of professional drivers who lap the circuit in specially prepared vehicles.
With the arrival of the XE SV Project 8, the fleet has been increased to two, as the sedan joins the four-seat XJR575.
Powered by the same 5.0-liter V8, albeit with slightly less power at 575 hp (422 kW), the XJR575 limousine is the fastest and most powerful XJ Jaguar has ever made, boasting a top speed of 186 mph (299 kph) and a 4.2-second 0-62 mph time.
The experiences are available until the circuit closes in mid-November, but they will be available throughout the 2019 season.
Phil Talboys, Jaguar Land Rover’s European engineering operations manager, said: “The XE SV Project 8 demonstrated its incredible mix of raw speed and dynamic precision by setting a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record last year. Now, visitors to this sensational circuit – which played a pivotal role in the development of the ultimate Jaguar XE – will get the chance to experience the full track capability of the world’s fastest four-door sedan.”