Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Named the Top “Showstopper” of the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Most powerful Jaguar road car ever wowed voters and the judges at the annual showcase of gorgeous designs and thrilling performance cars.

When you watch the video above, it’s clear that the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 from the automaker’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division knows how to go. It also knows how to stop – and we’re not just talking about its new Carbon Ceramic Braking system.

After debuting at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s now officially a showstopper – the overall Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper of the event, to be exact. According to Jaguar, “As the only four-door car in the Michelin Supercar Run, the Jaguar vehicle faced formidable competition in the 50-car paddock, but voters in an online poll hosted by Michelin UK singled out Project 8 as one of the six most popular cars of the weekend, qualifying it for the overall Showstopper final on Sunday afternoon.” A panel of six judges, which included former British Touring Car Championship winner Tim Harvey, British automotive journalist and broadcaster Jon Quirk, and drift racer Vaughn Gittin Jr, went on to award the all-wheel-drive super sedan the second annual Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy.

Chief judge Harvey said, “Jaguar’s Project 8 really took everyone by surprise at the Festival this weekend. Not only was it the car’s world debut – but the sheer extremes of the car, and the way it’s pushed the boundaries in every single way, made it an absolute stand out in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.”

In addition to a 592-horsepower/516-lb-ft version of JLR’s well-known supercharged 5.0-liter V8, Project 8 features numerous lightweight carbon fiber body panels and aero add-ons, a titanium exhaust system, an Electronic Active Differential, Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, and Continuously Variable Shock Absorbers. SVO will only make Project 8s with left-hand drive. It’ll do some stopping of its own once it hand-builds 300 of the extreme XEs.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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