Jaguar XESV Project 8 - Los Angeles

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 to Make North American Debut at Monterey Car Week

by TrackWorthy,

Jaguar XESV Project 8 - Los Angeles
“…the most extreme performance Jaguar ever…”John Edwards, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations
Fresh from its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) will introduce its latest high performance creation, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, to North American automotive enthusiasts during this year’s Monterey Car Week in California. Following its first public showing U.K., the weekend’s activities for Jaguar Land Rover kick off on Thursday with Project 8 making its dynamic debut during the welcome reception for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

”Project 8 is the most extreme performance Jaguar ever and the second Collector’s Edition vehicle from SVO,” said John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. “Our team of engineers and designers are excited to showcase this special vehicle to prospective clients and enthusiasts in North America, where we so many of our valued clients are based. No more than 300 of these special performance cars will be produced for sale worldwide. What better way to debut Project 8 – our most track-focused production car ever, than on America’s most iconic road course?”

Jaguar XESV Project 8 - Los Angeles
Jaguar Land Rover SVO will bring two versions of the Project 8 to show in Monterey; a four-seat car finished in Velocity Blue representative of what U.S. enthusiasts will be able to buy and the other finished in Valencia Orange, featuring an optional two-seat Track Pack, available to customers outside of North America, which includes lightweight front carbon fiber racing seats with four-point harnesses fixed to a harness retention hoop in place of the rear seats.

Born from SVO’s desire to engineer the ultimate super sports sedan, the XE SV Project 8 builds on the success of the 2016 F-TYPE Project 7 as the brand’s second Collector’s Series vehicle; redefining the capabilities of how a four-door Jaguar can perform on track. Global production for the XE SV Project 8 will be limited to just 300 units, each hand assembled at the SVO technical center in Coventry, England.

“Bringing the XE SV Project 8 to North America and debuting it at the events during Monterey Car Week was a natural fit,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing for Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The week’s festivities on the Monterey Peninsula bring together the most passionate automotive enthusiasts from around the world each year and we’re excited to share our latest passion project with them.”

With the project currently under development, engineers are targeting a power output of 592 hp; enough to make this the quickest road going Jaguar ever and capable of speeds up to 200 mph. Along with the dramatic increase in power, a number of functional aerodynamic, suspension and interior enhancements to the XE help make this car the brand’s most powerful, agile and extreme performance vehicle ever.

Jaguar XESV Project 8 - Los Angeles
The Jaguar Land Rover pit garages will present race fans a special exhibit, “the House of SVO,” showcasing the engineering and design capabilities of SVO in creating high-performance versions of the brand’s most popular cars. Visitors to the space can see the all-terrain Range Rover Sport SVR performance SUV and Jaguar’s all-weather supercar, the 200mph F-TYPE SVR Coupe2. The centerpiece of the display will be the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, where prospective clients can be among first to register their interest for the limited edition model.

Guests to the garages also have the opportunity to try their hand behind the wheel of a Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E race car; piloting the vehicle as part of an immersive virtual reality experience housed within the Jaguar display space.

The Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca runs from Thursday, August 17, through Sunday, August 20. In addition to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the XE SV Project 8 will also be shown on Friday, August 18, at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Flanked by SVO’s first-ever series production Jaguar, the 575hp F-TYPE SVR, the limited-production XE SV Project 8 will join more than 200 other rare automobiles and motorcycles in an exclusive garden-party setting on the rolling greens of Quail Lodge & Golf Club from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Later in the day, Special Vehicle Operations will show the 2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at Exotics on Cannery Row. As one of the few non-ticketed public events during Monterey Car Week, Exotics on Cannery Row showcases some of the rarest and most exciting supercars of our time against the backdrop of Monterey’s historic downtown. The event is free and open to the public, running from 3:00 – 8:00PM.

Jaguar XESV Project 8 - Los Angeles

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