In 2017, Jaguar took its track-ready XE SV Project 8 sedan to the Nurburgring. The Project 8 then set the record for quickest sedan around the 12.9-mile Nordschleife, with a lap time of 7:21. Thanks to a new tire compound, Jaguar broke its own record, setting a time of 7:18.361. The quickest four-door at the ‘Ring just got even quicker.
As with the Project 8 from 2017, the record-breaking car was equipped with the Track Pack (which is not available in America). The package deletes the rear seats and adds a roll cage. A set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs were also included on the car. These tires step up the performance of the previous car’s standard Pilot Sport Cup 2s, using compounds derived from Michelin’s competition tires.
The Project 8’s record-setting time makes it the quickest sedan to lap the Nurburgring by over seven seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S sits in a distant second place.
Of course, there is a catch. For a Nurburgring lap time to be official, including the new tires on the Project 8 is paramount. We’ve reached out to Jaguar regarding whether it will offer the Cup 2 R tire as optional equipment for the Project 8 going forward. A spokesperson told us that because the tires were introduced after development, customers will not be able to purchase them from the factory. Instead, owners will have to purchase them through outside means.
Check out the full in-cabin video from the record run with development driver Vincent Radermecker below.
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