Jaguar has taken its XE and created a monster of a car. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8, created as a limited edition run of 300 high-performance sedans, has just set a new track record time on the Laguna Seca track with a 1 min 37.54 second run at the hands of Jaguar’s works driver Randy Pobst.

Michael van der Sande, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director, 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.”

The Laguna Seca track measures 2.238 mile and has also served as for the record run by the brand’s I-PACE.

The 600PS Project 8 is capable of 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 200mph (320 km/h).

Project 8 is available in two specifications. The standard four-seat model features Jaguar’s latest front Performance seats with magnesium frames, plus a more heavily contoured rear squab to maximise support. The optional two-seat Track Pack includes lightweight front carbon fibre racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seat

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