Amazing Hand-built Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Spotted in the Wild

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If you’re not one of the lucky 300 that own a Jaguar XE SV Project 8, here’s a nice clip that’ll invoke some jealousy.

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is a lot of things. For starters, it’s the most powerful road-legal Jaguar in history. It’s also a quintessential modern day example of old school hot rodding. Take the smallest car you have and stuff the biggest engine in it, and boom, instant speed. That’s 200 mph worth of speed, too.

With extensive aluminum construction and the XJR575’s 5.0-liter, supercharged, 592 hp/516 lb-ft V8 under the hood, it’s a proper throwback to the early days of hotrodding. Additionally, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, this thing sounds amazing, too.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

We know this because YouTuber Gumbal caught the rare, 1-of-300 hand-built rides out driving around recently. And it crackles and pops gloriously even at low speed. Once the car is free from the ills of traffic and bicyclists hogging the road, things get even better. The Jag rivals its British brethren in attendance, McLaren, for the best sound under hard acceleration, in fact.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Of course, nobody would ever accuse the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 of being a sleeper. Not by a long shot. It’s pretty hard to fly under the radar when you’re driving something with a massive wing and huge leaping Jaguar graphics on your flanks. Not to mention a distinctive racing stripe and huge SV logos. But we think that it’s all appropriate given the car’s extreme performance, and sound. This is a Jaguar that roars.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

It’s an amazing machine, indeed. But when you’re talking about a car that essentially only exists because Jaguar wanted to break a Nurburgring record, that’s to be expected. The fruits of those efforts are the fact that 300 lucky souls get to own an XE SV Project 8. And even though we probably won’t ever be one of the 300, we’re just glad this killer machine exists.

Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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