If you are a car enthusiast and you enjoy driving fast, you can now visit Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany and experience the thrill of the fastest production four-door car to lap the legendary circuit as the ultimate XE SV Project 8 with Track Pack becomes the latest Jaguar Race Taxi.
Project 8 is the most extreme performance road-legal Jaguar ever, designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations. In November 2017 the 600PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 sedan beat some of the world’s fastest two-door coupes and supercars to set a record lap time of 7min 21.23sec.
As a visitor or thrill-seeker, you will get a full demonstration of Project 8’s exceptional performance and handling as Jaguar’s professional drivers take you on a lap of ‘The Green Hell’ at speeds in excess of 250km/h (155mph). Passengers will also experience g-forces of more than 1.3g around the 20.8km (12.9-mile), 73-turn circuit – up to 1.8g in the banked Karussell corner.
The Jaguar XE, with its dynamic design and aluminium-intensive monocoque, forms the perfect foundation for the enhanced performance of Project 8. Taking the already agile and responsive handling of the XE, extensive performance enhancements enable Project 8 to sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds (0-60mph in 3.3 seconds) and reach a top speed of 322km/h (200mph).
Jaguar Race Taxi experiences are available until the circuit closes in mid-November, and will be offered throughout the open season in 2019. Book for €199 per lap online at www.jaguar-experience.de. With the holidays just around the corner, gift vouchers are available.
The 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport has followed in the footsteps of its track-ready stablemate — the 592hp XE SV Project 8 performance sedan — setting a unique lap record of its own around a long-forgotten Grand Prix circuit in France.
After piloting the fastest ever lap of a production sedan at the Nürburgring Nordschleife behind the wheel of the XE SV Project 8, driver Vincent Radermecker attempted to set a production sedan lap record in the XE 300 Sport at Circuit de Charade in Clermont Ferrand, France. With a roundabout and two narrow gateways not used in the original circuit to contend with, Vincent lapped the demanding track – affectionately called the French Nürburgring — in just 4 minutes 9 seconds at an average speed of 72mph (116km/h).
Jaguar continues to innovate beyond the track as in the recent weeks, Jaguar has celebrated the shared bloodline of the XE 300 SPORT and XE SV Project 8 by creating a unique piece of art in the sand. The two cars weaved across the beach at Pendine Sands to produce a 1000-metre long double helix pattern.
The shared DNA that unites the XE and SV Project 8 includes the cars’ lightweight aluminium body structure, outstanding driving dynamics and all-wheel drive traction, which allowed the two Jaguars to create the 1000-metre long artwork with absolute precision.
To find the space to create such a large pattern, the two cars travelled to Pendine Sands in Wales. Pendine Sands, like Jaguar, has a rich heritage of speed and performance, having been used for motorsport for over 100 years.
Since its launch in 2017, the XE SV Project 8 has broken a collection of speed records, setting the fastest lap time for a four-door sedan in production-intent specification around the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 7min 21.23sec. Only last month the super saloon logged a new production sedan lap record in the USA at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California with a time of 1min 37.54sec.