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THE JAGUAR #03

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The latest issue of The Jaguar magazine introduces our new ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact practical sports car, which is already turning heads on the street. As we commit to electrifying every new Jaguar by 2020, we explore how pushing boundaries on the track helps develop our sports cars, from writing motorsport history at Le Mans, to taking on the Nürburgring with the extreme XE SV Project 8 and being at the very cutting edge with the FIA Formula E Championship.

XE SV PROJECT 8 European

XE SV PROJECT 8 European model and interior shown. FIGURE OF 8 THE MOST POWERFUL ROAD-LEGAL JAGUAR EVER BUILT HAS ITS ORIGINS IN THE FOUR-DOOR XE SEDAN. JAGUAR LAND ROVER SPECIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS MANAGER DAVID POOK EXPLAINS WHY WE SHOULDN‘T BE SURPRISED. Germany’s Eifel region is not just a topographer’s dream. Rolling plateaus formed by the erosion of volcanic mountains are interspersed by dense forests and vibrant streams. For over ninety years, this mystical part of the world has been home to the 12.9-mile Nürburging race track, famously christened by F1 legend Jackie Stewart as “The Green Hell.” The long and winding circuit is possibly the most exacting test any car will ever face, which explains why Jaguar has brought its XE SV Project 8 here for such an extreme test. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 3.3 seconds* (making it the fastest accelerating Jaguar ever) the car features a 592HP V8 engine, all-wheel drive and just about everything in the magic chest of drive-train and handling technology available today, sharpening the claws of Jaguar’s attractive four-door sedan and creating the ultimate track maestro. One man knows better than anyone why the XE was the perfect platform for Project 8. 42-year-old Vehicle Dynamics Engineer David Pook is a graduate of Coventry University’s Automotive Engineering Design course. A sports car enthusiast for as long as he can remember, Pook has been living this dream ever since joining Jaguar Land Rover. Over 17 years have many of the Jaguar vehicles carrying the “R” badge passed across his desk. The move to SVO to head up his own team and tasked with delivering vehicle dynamics on all SVO products was in Pook’s words, “a door I always wanted to open”. SVO is tasked with showcasing Jaguar’s capabilities and engineering. Regarding the decision to utilize the XE Pook says, “It wasn’t a case of seeing what we can do with XE – it was more about what we wanted to achieve as a team. We weren’t interested in making a hero car that only a few would be interested in.” The SVO team is rightly passionate about ultra-high-performance cars and wanted to do a small volume track car. “We wanted to create the ultimate driver’s vehicle.” The XE features Jaguar’s latest generation platform, which was exactly what the team needed. Even the fact that this was a four-door car, which is unusual in this segment, made perfect sense from an engineering point of view. Project 8 presented several engineering challenges. As if shoehorning a V8 engine into the XE wasn’t enough, guaranteeing a certain level of extreme performance PHOTOGRAPHY: BEADYEYE.TV / NICK DUNGAN 52 THE JAGUAR

There’s arguably no tougher test of a car and driver than ‘The Green Hell’ of the Nürburgring EIGHT FACTS AND FIGURES and accompanying grip meant that the engine needed to be mated to all-wheel drive. Essentially, Project 8 marries an F-TYPE SVR all-wheel drive power train into the rear-wheel drive of the XE. The hardware – a center clutch sending torque to the front axle when required, an electronic rear axle differential and torque vectoring on both axles – makes for a satisfyingly connected driving experience. It highlights in essence the fact that software is as much the performance lever in the tuning environment as the components themselves. What makes Project 8 so special is its level of connection between the software modifying the car’s behavior as it responds to steering, throttle inputs and the driver. Asked what made him proud about Project 8, Pook refers to its tactility, “It genuinely makes you tingle, not just at the Nürburgring. This is a no-nonsense, no compromise car. Everything we needed to hit our performance targets, we did.” Discover more on the XE SV Project 8, visit jaguarusa.com 1. 300 cars to be built globally 2. 80% of the major engineering content is unique to the XE SV Project 8 3. 0-60mph in 3.3 seconds* 4. 200mph top speed* 5. Power output of 592HP 6. 8-speed transmission with 0.2 seconds quickshift paddle gear change 7. Carbon ceramic brakes (400mm front) 8. Special lightweight forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires “WE WANTED TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE DRIVER’S VEHICLE.” *Always follow local speed limits. THE JAGUAR 53

 

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JAGUAR MAGAZINE #07

 

JAGUAR MAGAZINE celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from seductive design to cutting-edge technology.

The latest issue features a range of inspiring people: from Luke Jennings, creator of Villanelle, one of the most interesting television characters in recent times, to Marcus Du Sautoy, who ponders whether artificial intelligence is on the brink of becoming creative. Out on the road, we visit the US to explore the foodie heaven of Portland in a Jaguar I-PACE, take a Jaguar XE to the south of France to get a photographer’s viewpoint of the charming town of Arles, and much more.

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