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 gives 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.
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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 arrives ‘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 maneuvers 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 Switchable Active 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 before it’s time to start our interview properly. RACING INFLUENCES It soon transpires that Jaguar vehicles played a significant part in his passion for cars and his eventual career. “I fell in love with the Le Mans Silk Cut Jaguar racers as a kid,” he recalls. “I had a poster on my wall, too. Those cars incited my desire 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 24-hour 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 realize why you love everything about the brand.” Indeed, Jaguar is a family affair for Grosjean as his own car is a Jaguar F-PACE that he uses to ferry around his two sons Sacha (4) and Simon (2), and carry a bike for cycling. His wife Marion, a French F1 TV presenter, also drives an Jaguar 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 64 THEJAGUAR
PHOTOGRAPHY: LKJDÄLKJDF KJLÄKJ ÖÄÖK ; DFÄÖLKJÄLKDJ ÖÄDFÖÄ (2) Oozing road presence and power, the F-TYPE SVR boasts a responsive V8 engine, exceptional chassis and all wheel drive that together deliver a standout and highly rewarding driving experience THEJAGUAR 65
JAGUAR MAGAZINE celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from seductive design to cutting-edge technology.
The latest issue features a range of inspiring people: from Luke Jennings, creator of Villanelle, one of the most interesting television characters in recent times, to Marcus Du Sautoy, who ponders whether artificial intelligence is on the brink of becoming creative. Out on the road, we visit the US to explore the foodie heaven of Portland in a Jaguar I-PACE, take a Jaguar XE to the south of France to get a photographer’s viewpoint of the charming town of Arles, and much more.