Awesome Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled

“Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports auto without compromise”, John Edwards, director of Jaguar Land Rover SVO, said in a statement.Jaguar has unveiled its XE SV Project 8 – it’s most powerful and track-focused road auto yet.Unlike BMW’s M4 GTS, Project 8 is four-wheel drive, a maximum 30 per cent drive going to the front axle. Jag bosses claim that despite the headlights and numberplate, in no way was the XE SV Project 8 meant to be a useable and friendly grocery getter.Designer Wayne Burgess says he was inspired by the Lancia Delta Integrale rally vehicle as a kid, and there’s certainly a brutal, racecar-like functionality to Project 8’s body addenda. With just 300 examples to be built, the Project 8 is officially the most powerful production Jaguar in history.A range of modifications has been fitted to the vehicle, including a titanium exhaust, a vented carbon-fibre bonnet and 20-inch forged aluminium alloy wheels.Jaguar will be showing off the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex between then 29th of June and the 2nd of July. The exterior design was headed by Wayne Burgess, Jaguar’s production studio director, who said he took inspiration from Group B Lancia Delta Integrale rally cars. The Project 8 also gets a new carbon ceramic braking system with Formula 1-style silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings – a first for any road auto, claims Jaguar.Sharpening its handling credentials are an active electronic rear differential, complete with oil cooler, and bespoke, manually adjustable shocks that can be lowered by 15mm for track use. Custom knuckles designed by SVO are machined from billet, with silicon nitride ceramic bearings to reduce unsprung mass by 840g. SVO also says the car’s silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings are the first to be used on a road auto, and the electronic rear differential is upgraded with an oil cooler, a first for the XE range. The rest of the world has the option of ordering a two seat Track Pack. There’s a dedicated Track Mode, too.In some European markets, owners can specify that the rear seats be deleted for weight savings; here in North America, the Project 8 is sold as a four-seater only. Just 300 units will be made, all hand-built at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) Technical Centre in Warwickshire.Drivers can choose between a semi-civilised four-seat model, which features lightweight sports seats that have magnesium frames, or an optional Track Pack that removes the back seats, and uses two carbon fibre front seats with racing harnesses and a sturdy cage in the rear. Alcantara covers the dash top and instrument binnacle as well as the steering wheel and door cards. So much of the aluminium bodywork is modified or replaced with carbonfibre parts that only the front doors and roof panel carry over.