Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division has been around for a long time and as the name suggests, they engineer and develop specialised vehicles including the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8.
Under the leadership of Ian Callum, Design Director, and Wayne Burgess, SVO Studio Director, a team of automotive specialists worked towards creating the most powerful road-going Jaguar to date. Not only does the XE SV Project 8 have to be physically extreme, but visually extreme as well.
Starting with wider wheels and tires, they had to build the body out make subtle revisions to accommodate those wheels. Meaning the headlamps had to be shifted and the whole front facia had to be moved forward slightly.
Then there’s the ventilation and body geometry. Designed with aerodynamics in mind, engineers had to ensure that air flowed through the lower half in a proper way whilst still producing an aesthetically pleasing vehicle.
Addressing the physically extreme aspect of the XE SV Project 8 is a 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine, tuned to produce 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a 8-speed transmission that can manually paddle shift in just 0.2 seconds, Jaguar’s fastest saloon can sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 200mph.
After striking a balance of aesthetics, physics and excitement, engineers move to producing a clay model to give them a chance to see it in three dimension before sending it to be painted.
Worthy of carrying the SVO badge, only 300 of Jaguar XE SV Project 8’s will be produced, making it a truly exclusive vehicle.