Jaguar has staged a unique drone race to demonstrate the superior space inside the long-wheelbase Jaguar XJL luxury sedan. The ease with which the drones flew through the cabin of the Jaguar XJL is a testament to the extra five inches of rear legroom over the standard wheelbase XJ.
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Professional drone racers flew high-speed drones on a circuit course which was made up of 13 gates in the same shape of the rear door of the Jaguar XJL. The location of the drone race was Alexandra Palace in London.
The door shaped gates were lit in Phosphor Blue and Red to highlight two of the XJ’s stunning interior lighting options. The drones were traveling at speeds of up to 60 mph (96.5 km/h). The drone pilots controlled the machines sitting in the back seat of the performance flagship of the XJ range – the new Jaguar XJR575.
‘Game of Drones’ was inspired by a new challenge which will soon to be introduced in Jaguar’s Art of Performance Tour – a worldwide tour for Jaguar fans that provides the opportunity to drive the latest Jaguar products. This challenge will allow fans to take part in a real-life cat and mouse chase with a drone and a Jaguar on the Smart Cone driving course.
“I’ve been racing drones in competition for years, but this is a first for me. The course was a great test, but the fact we were able to go at such speeds proves how much space the doors of the Jaguar XJL gave us. Despite having to fly through the cabin we were still pushing the drones to their top speeds,” said Brett Collis – Winner of this Game of Drones challenge.
“Quality and comfort are always at the forefront of our minds and this is especially true for the Jaguar XJL. The long wheelbase gave us the space to create a passenger experience that is second to none. We might not have designed it with drone racing in mind, but it’s a fun way to demonstrate the spacious environment we’ve created,” said, Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar.
The Jaguar XJL is perfectly suited to those seeking comfort on the move. It boasts of boasts an exquisite interior and sporting agility that makes for a commanding presence inside and out. It features airline-style reclining seats with massage function, increased headroom, fold-out tables and specially tuned rear suspension to enhance ride comfort.
Power for the spacious luxury sedan comes from a 3.0-litre V6 engine which is available in petrol (340PS) and diesel (300PS). It also gets an option for a 5.0-litre V8 510 PS petrol engine for owners seeking more performance.
The Jaguar XJL is loaded with technology and has a new level of connectivity. It is equipped with features that include full LED headlights, All-wheel Drive and All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), as well as the latest Touch Pro infotainment system all of which offers an effortless driving experience.
The new Jaguar XJR575 is the performance flagship of the XJ range. It is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine that produces 575 PS power output 700 Nm of torque. It can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from zero in just 4.4 seconds.
The XJR575 is created by the Special Vehicle Operations department and comes in two bespoke new exterior color finishes – Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey. It also gets exclusive rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes with gloss black surrounds.
Furthermore, the Jaguar XJR575 is equipped with new badges, twin bonnet louvers, 20-inch Farallon gloss black wheels which are accompanied by striking red brake calipers, bespoke embossed tread plates and intaglio and diamond-quilted seating.
The XJL and XJR575 are manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich plant alongside the XE, XF and F-TYPE.
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