2016 Jaguar XF: F1 Racer Romain Grosjean Driving Challenge
With its high-performance engine and impeccable ride, handling, and dynamics, the 2016 Jaguar XF sets the bar very high for the midsize luxury sedan segment. And if you’re looking to get behind the wheel of new XF, F1 racer Romain Grosjean has set the standard for drivers to beat by completing a unique and fun driving challenge of agility and skill. Grosjean put a Jaguar XF through its paces around a new ‘Smart Cone’ course to mark the start of Jaguar’s ‘Art of Performance’ tour.
Jaguar ‘Smart Cone’ Course
Romain Grosjean was the first to try the Smart Cones, which use wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time, notifying drivers of their next target with only a moment’s notice. It’s been likened to the sports agility training game ‘Batak’ and is just as unpredictable, with a million different potential options. As a car is driven, its precise coordinates are measured in relation to the cones and sent to a central computer system 100 times per second to track its performance. Every driver gets a score report that takes into account the model of car used, the weather and the driving conditions.
“The lightweight, agile-handling XF behaves like a true sports car, so I could push my performance to the limit. My tip for Smart Cones is to stay completely alert and engage your peripheral vision, as the randomness of the course is perhaps the biggest challenge. Trust me, it’s a lot harder than it looks, and I’d welcome you to try to beat my score of 49032.” – Romain Grosjean, Driver for Haas F1 Team
Jaguar Art of Performance Tour
The Jaguar ‘Art of Performance’ tour starts in Europe this month with over 200 locations, gives existing and potential customers the opportunity to drive the Jaguar range in a series of activities. The innovative Smart Cone course will feature at some of the tour locations to measure driver skill and exploit the cars’ precise, agile handling. Over the next 12 months, the ‘Art of Performance’ tour will visit more than 600 venues in 46 countries, welcoming more than 100,000 guests to an unforgettable Jaguar driving experience. This brand experience will involve F-TYPE Convertible, F-TYPE Coupe, XJ, XE, XF and the latest addition to the Jaguar family, the F-PACE.