Wayne had his family on hand to present SVO’s latest creation and undoubted new-car star of the 2017 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard: the amazing 200mph Jaguar XE SV Project 8, making its world debut. The most powerful Jaguar road car ever thrilled FOS fans with Dave Pook, manager of vehicle dynamics at SVO, behind the wheel for its debut runs in the Sussex sunshine.
Dave told GRR: “Driving Project 8 at Goodwood has been a sweet-shop moment for me. It’s the reason I go to work.”
Then it was the turn of Wayne along with SVO boss John Edwards to present the “four-door supercar” to FoS crowds in the appropriate surroundings of the Michelin Supercar Paddock, surrounded by many of the world’s fastest and most exotic cars.
John said: “It is my brief to create crazy cars and thankfully we have plenty of designers and engineers with crazy ideas.”
With a true 592bhp Project 8 is powered by the most powerful version yet developed of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 familiar from cars like the F-Type. Beefed up in all the right places and all-wheel drive, the Project 8 is available in both two and (thankfully for Wayne!) four-seat versions, either of which can get from 0-62mph in just 3.7secs. Just 300 are being made at £150,000 each.
All the cars, which start in production at SVO next year, will be left-hand drive because, says designer Wayne, the changes to the car mean the steering rack will not fit in right-drive versions.