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Jaguar XE SV Project 8

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Seriously this is what a Track Pack will look like

Order books for the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 open soon - after its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 30 June.

Mechanically, the XE SV Project 8 gets an eight-speed transmission recalibrate to swap cogs in 200 milliseconds. And every Project 8 has its steering wheel fitted on the left.

"Jaguar has always had a high level of duality", says SVO director Mark Stanton, "but Project 8 is much more single-minded".

As well as the 200mph target - 45mph more than the fastest production XE - the Project 8 was also tasked with an ability to set competitive lap times on a racing circuit, although the firm hasn't publicly specified a time target for any given circuit.

Jaguar's most powerful road-going auto will become the second Collectors' Edition vehicle from SVO, following the successful launch of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 in 2014.

Unfortunately, the 300 allocated for production are all left-hand drive, meaning it is a non-starter for Australia.

But that is just about the only metric where a standard vehicle will better the Project 8, with the angriest XE available springing to 60mph (97km/h) in 3.3 seconds. It gets a new air-intake system and exhales through a lightweight titanium exhaust. The same material is also used on the door panels and steering wheel. That's because the Project 8 was meant to do more than just go fast in a straight line. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, evolved from those available to F-Type buyers but larger at 15.7 inches front, 15.6 inches rear. SVO has also designed custom suspension knuckles machined from billet, with trick silicon nitride ceramic bearings - a first for JLR - helping to reduce unsprung mass by 840g at each corner. They measure 265/35 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 at the back - so large that the headlamps had to be shifted forwards by 14mm.

The Project 8 is priced at the equivalent of R2.5 million and owners will enjoy a wide range of personalisation options, including 19 exterior colours and race-inspired decal packs.

While Jaguar has only released images of the XE SV Project 8 in camouflage, it's clear that the vehicle has flared wheel arches and a massive rear wing. The auto is still undergoing final tuning and development, but Job 1 is scheduled to roll out of SVO's new technical center near Coventry, England, in March 2018.

In part, that's to keep the car's weight down - the bonnet and bumpers are made of carbon fibre, for instance - but it's also to improve the car's aerodynamics and, therefore, its performance. And they're not just there for show: In addition to these aerodynamic tweaks, the Project 8 has a reprofiled trunk floor to help make the rear diffuser more effective, and the angle of attack of that giant carbon fiber rear wing can be made more aggressive for track work. Jaguar quotes a 205% reduction in lift versus the XE, with 122kg of downforce at 186mph.

Inside, the standard interior has two magnesium-frame performance front seats with contrast-stitched bolsters and Project 8 logos.

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