Jaguar XE SV Project 8 sets Laguna Seca sedan lap record (video)

September 14, 2018

The mighty Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has set the production sedan lap record around the famous Laguna Seca Raceway in California, recently posting a lap time of just 1:37.54.

It is technically a production car, although limited build, but nonetheless it has posted the quickest-ever four-door sedan lap time around the circuit for a showroom model. Behind the wheel was professional racing driver and Laguna Seca ace Randy Pobst, working with Motor Trend.

If you missed it, the XE SV Project 8 also posted the sedan lap record around the Nurburgring, with lap time of 7:21.23 late last year. Unlike a regular Jaguar XE, the SV Project 8 has been completely overhauled by the team at Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division. The division’s MD, Michael van der Sande, said:

“This Laguna Seca lap record is another powerful demonstration of the Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s performance credentials. Designed, engineered and hand-assembled by Special Vehicle Operations, this record-breaking sedan is made for the world’s most demanding driving enthusiasts.”

It’s no wonder it set the record; under the bonnet you’ll find a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that produces a mental 441kW and 700Nm. This is the most powerful sedan in the class, far exceeding the outputs of the common German rivals.

Helping with track performance is a serious aero kit, with a deep front splitter, thick side skirts, and a big rear wing with a chunky diffuser underneath. There’s also F1-style ceramic wheel bearings, fully adjustable suspension (including camber), and eye-popping brakes.

Jaguar planned to build just 300 examples of the SV (all LHD, unfortunately for Australians), which means these are quite a rare sight if you do see one on the road. Seeing one being put through its paces around a track is the stuff dreams are made from.

Check out the full lap below. The record follows up on the lap record posted by Randy/Motor Trend in the Jaguar I-PACE electric crossover a couple of weeks ago.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.