Jaguar XE SV Project 8 wins ‘Show­stop­per’ award at 2017 Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

New Jaguar XE SV Project 8, de­signed, en­gi­neered and as­sem­bled by SVO, made its world dy­namic de­but at Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed. Su­per­car-per­for­mance four-door Project 8 sedan beat world-class op­po­si­tion to win the sec­ond an­nual Miche­lin Su­per­car Pad­dock Show­stop­per Tro­phy.

The Show­stop­per award is pre­sented fol­low­ing a four-day on­line pub­lic vote, with the over­all win­ner se­lected by a panel of judges live at the Fes­ti­val of Speed. The 600PS 5l Su­per­charged V8 makes Project 8 the most pow­er­ful, ag­ile and ex­treme per­for­mance Jaguar road car ever, ca­pa­ble of 200mph and 0-60mph in 3.3 sec­onds* (322kmph, ca­pa­ble of 0- 100kmph within 3.7 sec­onds only*). Driv­ers for Project 8’s dy­namic de­but on the Good­wood hill­climb course in­cluded Pana­sonic Jaguar Rac­ing For­mula E team driver Mitch Evans.

Mak­ing its global dy­namic de­but among the most pow­er­ful and ex­treme per­for­mance cars in the world at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 claimed the hotly con­tested Miche­lin Su­per­car Pad­dock Show­stop­per Tro­phy, just four days af­ter the car was of­fi­cially un­veiled.

As the only four-door car in the Miche­lin Su­per­car Run, the Jaguar faced for­mi­da­ble com­pe­ti­tion in the 50-car pad­dock, but vot­ers in an on­line poll hosted by Miche­lin UK sin­gled out Project 8 as one of the six most pop­u­lar cars of the week­end, qual­i­fy­ing it for the over­all Show­stop­per fi­nal on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

This short­list of six was judged live on stage by a panel of mo­tor­ing ex­perts, headed by Miche­lin Su­per­car Pad­dock pre­sen­ter and former BTCC Cham­pion Tim Har­vey. Join­ing him were Bri­tish au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ist and broad­caster Jon Quirk, Amer­i­can drift racer Vaughn Git­tin Jr, Su­per­cars of Lon­don chan­nel star Paul Wal­lace, Seen Thru Glass chan­nel star Sam Fane and Lon­don-based cus­tom car afi­cionado Ja­son Pelosi.

Tim Har­vey, chief judge, said, “Jaguar’s Project 8 re­ally took ev­ery­one by sur­prise at the Fes­ti­val this week­end. Not only was it the car’s world de­but, but the sheer ex­tremes of the car, and the way it’s pushed the bound­aries in every sin­gle way, made it an ab­so­lute stand­out in the Miche­lin Su­per­car Pad­dock.

“This shone through in the on­line vote, and when it came to our judg­ing panel, we were all pretty quickly won over by the Jaguar as a true star of the short­listed six. It re­ally does it for me as a former tour­ing car racer, and the car’s un­com­pro­mis­ing looks and per­for­mance se­cured the rest. Con­grat­u­la­tions Jaguar.”

John Ed­wards, Jaguar Land Rover Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions manag­ing direc­tor, said, “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to re­ceive the Show­stop­per award for Jaguar XE SV Project 8 on its world dy­namic de­but at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed and to see the fan­tas­tic re­ac­tion it’s had from car en­thu­si­asts. With spec­tac­u­lar looks, su­per­car per­for­mance and a sound­track to match, Project 8 was al­ways in­tended to turn heads on and off track.”

The sec­ond Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion by SVO, fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful F-TYPE Project 7 of 2014, Project 8 is a road-le­gal hand-built four-door sedan with an ex­tra­or­di­nary com­bi­na­tion of V8 power, dy­namic agility and All-Wheel Drive trac­tion.

Project 8 ex­clu­sively fea­tures the most highly tuned ver­sion of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5l Su­per­charged V8 petrol pow­er­train. The 600PS power unit, which has a Ti­ta­nium Vari­able Ac­tive Ex­haust, is com­ple­mented by Jaguar’s all-wheel drive (AWD) sys­tem and motorsport-de­rived aero­dy­nam­ics and car­bon fi­bre pan­els to de­liver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in 3.3 sec­onds, mak­ing Project 8 the fastest ac­cel­er­at­ing Jaguar yet.

To en­sure ex­clu­siv­ity, no more than 300 ex­am­ples of Project 8 will be hand-built at SVO’s Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Coven­try. Build­ing on the award­win­ning lightweight alu­minium Jaguar XE com­pact sedan, Project 8 fea­tures a num­ber of pur­pose­ful mod­i­fi­ca­tions that are fun­da­men­tal to the per­for­mance of the most track-fo­cused car SVO has ever pro­duced, in­clud­ing height-ad­justable sus­pen- sion, the first ap­pli­ca­tion of Jaguar’s ul­ti­mate new Car­bon Ce­ramic Brak­ing sys­tem and an in­dus­try-first use of F1-style sil­i­con ni­tride ce­ramic wheel bear­ings on a road car.

The high-per­for­mance theme con­tin­ues in­side, with sub­tle ap­pli­ca­tions of Gloss Car­bon Fi­bre trim as well as Al­can­tara, on the rim of the Project 8 Sport Steer­ing Wheel, in­stru­ment bin­na­cle and door cards. The eight-speed Quick­shift trans­mis­sion can ei­ther be op­er­ated by alu­minium pad­dle shifters be­hind the steer­ing wheel or by a cen­tral Pis­tol-shift lever. Project 8 is avail­able with four seats or an op­tional two-seat Track Pack. Full de­tails of Project 8 are avail­able on­line at www.jaguar.com.

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