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Project 8 made an appearance at FOS

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the highlights of the British Automotive Calendar so it stands to reason that one of the major British brands puts in an appearance with a truly special car. If you read our article a little while ago you will have heard all about Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division and their project of creating the most powerful XE ever. Luckily for us, Jaguar showed Project 8 to the world at Goodwood earlier this week.

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Under the superb looking front end of the XE is a 5 litre supercharged V8 producing over 592bhp, regarded as Jaguar’s “most powerful road-car engine ever” They have achieved this by retuning the 5.0 litre supercharged V8 and installing a bespoke air intake system meaning this beast is capable of over 200mph and 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds.

5 litre supercharged V8 producing over 592bhp and regarded as Jaguar’s “most powerful road-car engine ever”

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Project 8 includes a Quickshift Eight Speed Auto Gearbox which makes the Jaguar capable of changing gears in less then 200 milliseconds. In extreme situations Project 8 is able to bulk shift in lightening speed from 8th to 2nd if necessary making this beast truly special on the road or track. To aid in the Jaguar’s overall performance the special aero pack is able to produce over 122Kg of downforce at 186mph thanks to continued wind tunnel development by Jaguar’s SVO division.

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Getting the most powerful road Jaguar ever comes at a price. Despite being able to choose from over 10,000 bespoke colours and customising the calipers, mirror covers and grille surrounds; however owning this big cat comes at a premium. In fact £149,995 for each of the 300 being produced. The down side…it’s only available in left hand drive. Despite this Project 8 is an amazing piece of automotive engineering.

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Author – Matthew Pearson

 

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