Not content with the production four-door lap Nurburgring lap record it set in 2017, Jaguar has returned and beaten its own marker with XE SV Project 8.
By lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:18.361, the Project 8 slashed 2.9 seconds from its previous best. The key cog in improving that time? A set of Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 R tyres, road-legal rubber that's reportedly a smidgen sticker than the tyres previously fitted to the Project 8.
The other motivator is sales. Jaguar still hasn't shifted its full production run of the Project 8, forcing it to put the hotted-up sedan back into the frame for buyers.
Previously reserved for European buyers, the Project 8 is now available as an ultra-exclusive track-only offering in Australia. A new Touring pack (below) has been added to the options list, too. With another record comes publicity and, hopefully for Jaguar, sales.
The car had its adjustable dampers set in 'Track' mode for the record attempt, while the movable front splitter and rear wing were locked into maximum downforce mode. Given it had the track pack optioned, the record-breaking car had no rear seats and a full roll cage to boot.
"The original Nürburgring time set by Jaguar XE SV Project 8 demonstrated the extreme performance envelope of the world’s fastest production sedan, but the SV team is driven by a motorsport mentality and we knew Project 8 could go even faster," said Jamal Hameedi, Jaguar SVO engineering director.
"This new official record time is a fitting reward for everyone who has played a part in pushing the boundaries for our customers with Project 8."