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The Jaguar #02

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In this issue, we introduce a fresh new addition to the Jaguar family with the launch of the E-PACE. F1 racer Romain Grosjean reveals his passion for Jaguar while the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team give an insight into their preparations. Plus, we get to grips with the fast-paced sport of drone racing and spend a unique day with the XF Sportbrake.


F-TYPE “DRIVING A JAGUAR MAKES YOU STAND OUT MORE THAN IN OTHER CARS, BUT ESPECIALLY DRIVING THE SVR - PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR IT GROWL” As entrances go, flying to a mountain top by helicopter and landing beside a closed-off road where a choice of a Jaguar F-TYPE SVR or F-TYPE 400 SPORT awaits, is a pretty good one. That’s exactly how current Formula 1 racer Romain Grosjean arrived ‘on set’ for a video he’s making for Jaguar. We meet on a cold but beautifully sunny morning in the French Alps, not far from the Swiss border and his Geneva home. Characteristically for a racing driver, the 31-year old Frenchman opts initially for the 200mph (322kph) SVR supercar over the 171mph (275kph) 400 SPORT. “I’ve spent quite a bit of time in an SVR already on both roads and circuits, but I’m not complaining,” he says with large grin. “The engine’s highly responsive, and on circuits the all-wheel drive allows you keep your momentum through turns to keep the slide for a long time. The chassis reacts very well too, so you can push the car to its limits.” FAST LOOKS, SUPERB SOUND While track manoeuvres aren’t appropriate for tight, twisting Alpine roads, there’s still much for Grosjean to enjoy. “The SVR’s sound is really superb, especially when you engage Dynamic Mode with the Activate Sports Exhaust,” he enthuses. “The design is awesome too - you can tell this car is fast by just looking at it. Then you sit inside, almost feeling like you’re in a fighter plane, sitting low with everything comfortable around you. “It’s similar with the F-TYPE 400 SPORT - you get a sense of purpose from the driving position and supercharged V6, plus the distinctive style features and details that set it apart.” As Grosjean repeats a few runs in the F-TYPE SVR for the video makers, the remote location gets busier. The local mayor makes an appearance as well as assorted passersby, all intrigued by the stunning Ultra Blue car, glinting in the early morning light, and who might be behind the wheel. “Driving a Jaguar makes you stand out more than in other cars,” says Grosjean, “but especially driving the F-TYPE. People say, ‘Whoa, what’s that?’. They want to see it and hear it growl.” The patient crowd soon gets to experience both, then it’s time to start our interview proper. RACING INFLUENCES It soon transpires that Jaguars played a significant part in his passion for cars and his eventual career. “I fell in love with the Le Mans Silk Cut Jaguars as a kid,” he recalls. “I had a poster on my wall too - those cars gave me the wish to race. “When I grew up I wanted to discover more about the history of Jaguar and its success at Le Mans. The D-Type that won the 24hr race in the 1950s is pretty special. When I had a chance to actually drive one I was surprised how hard I could push the car. As you learn about Jaguar’s history in racing and today’s road cars, you realise why you love everything about the brand.” Indeed, Jaguar is a family affair for Grosjean as his own car is an F-PACE that he uses to ferry around his two sons Sacha (4) and Simon (2), and carry a bike for cycling. His wife, and French F1 TV presenter, Marion also drives an XE. Cars were all around him as a kid too. He remembers playing with remote control cars and driving small electric ones in his garden, before his first experience driving a real 70 THE JAGUAR

PHOTOGRAPHY: LKJDÄLKJDF KJLÄKJ ÖÄÖK ; DFÄÖLKJÄLKDJ ÖÄDFÖÄ (2) Oozing road presence and power, the F-TYPE SVR boasts a responsive V8 engine, optimised chassis and all wheel drive that together deliver a standout and highly rewarding driving experience THE JAGUAR 71




Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.

In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.


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