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World-class race drivers test drive Jaguar F-TYPE prototype models

Jaguar F-TypePrototype models of the Jaguar F-TYPE 380PS V6 and 495PS V8 cars have been put through their paces by a trio of world-renowned drivers.

In their first dynamic challenge outside of Jaguar's internal development programme, the vehicles were handled to perfection by Martin Brundle, Christian Danner and Justin Bell.

All three know a thing or two about how to handle themselves on the race track, with Brundle enjoying a glorious 13-year career in Formula One (F1) before stepping behind the commentary box to share his knowledge on the ins and outs of the prestigious motorsport.

Meanwhile, Danner was the winner of the inaugural Formula 3000 championship and has gone on to have glorious stints in F1, Indycar and touring racing. Bell is most remembered for clinching the 1997 World FIA GT2 Championship and the 1998 GT2 Class title at Le Mans, with both feats coming in the same Dodge Viper.

However, the trio were given the opportunity to mark a new chapter in their motoring careers when they tested the new models of the Jaguar F-TYPE around the UK's Snetterton 300 circuit and nearby roads in Norfolk.

During the session, Brundle, Danner and Bell pushed the 380PS F-TYPE S so that it displayed its ability to go from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and then reach a top speed of 171mph.

Meanwhile, the F-TYPE V8 S was shown to be able to reach 60mph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds and then power on to achieve a top speed of 186mph.

Overseeing whether the two Jaguar models lived up to these specifications throughout the test session was Mike Cross, the British manufacturer's chief engineer of vehicle integrity.

At the close of play, Mr Cross commented: "It's been a fascinating day. The entire F-TYPE development programme has, from a vehicle development perspective, been focused on delivering a connected sports car driving experience.

"To witness three respected drivers take to the track and to hear their positive comments validate our work has been great."

 
 
 

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