The American automotive magazine, Motor Trend, is the car enthusiast’s motoring world destination when it comes to reading up on the latest car news, reviews and general talking points.
Still going strong 70 years after its first issue, Motor Trend’s reputation precedes it. So when news hit that the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 with Red Arch (RA) exhaust was awarded first place in Motor Trend’s competition review of the sounds of their 2019 annual best driver’s car, RA and the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team from Jaguar Land Rover were suitably revved up about it.
RA Managing Director, Mike Theaker, was thrilled to have an RA exhaust win out overall, and had this to say about it:
“Everyone at RA is extremely proud to be involved in this project. From the very first prototype we could hear the potential for the exhaust sound quality to be truly spectacular.
We believe it represents one of the best sounding RA exhaust systems of all time so it’s great to have it recognised in a prestigious publication like Motor Trend magazine comparing it to the best in the business.
It was an extremely challenging project, technically. To meet the overall vehicle attribute targets, we needed to focus on exhaust back pressure, weight and acoustic performance; employing thin wall high temperature Titanium alloy that required specialist manufacturing techniques combined with the exceptional skill of the RA production team.
The exhaust is welded entirely within a Glovebox. This is a chamber filled with argon providing an inert environment within which oxygen cannot enter the weld or the surrounding heat affected zone – ensuring a perfect weld every time.”
The article (written by Alex Leanse of Motor Trend) describes the exhaust sound of the Jaguar Project 8 as “weapons-grade”, beating the 11 other contenders in the line-up, including big names you’d expect to be amongst the world’s finest performance machinery. Turbo-charged supercars like the Lamborghini Urus, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, McLaren Senna and the BMW M2 and M850i Xdrive all featured.
Read the full article at: motortrend.com/news/ranked-the-exhaust-sounds-of-2019-best-drivers-car/