During September and October, I worked with Jaguar/Land Rover as a driving instructor on their consumer events. Jaguar/Land Rover visited four cities and invited many people to come experience their vehicles. What a great experience it was! Not only because I was there for three of the events but because of the great vehicles and courses that attendees were able to experience.
People who came to the event were able to experience four “drive” segments. I lead the Dynamic Drive segment, which allowed visitors to drive the new XE and the F-Type R on a closed cone course with a driving instructor sitting in the passenger seat. The XE is a very nice car, but the F-Type R sure painted a smile on everyone’s faces. It has a supercharged V-8 with 550 horsepower. Wow! Hard to compete with that!
In the second segment, attendees drove Jaguar’s first SUV -- the F-Pace -- on a closed cone course with driving instructors in the passenger seat. I’m sure this vehicle will do very well in the market. A comparable SUV would be the Porsche Macan S.
Thirdly, participants got a little competitive in an exercise that I’ve never seen before and is exclusive to Jaguar/Land Rover. It’s difficult to describe, but in a nutshell, the drivers had to find the “cone gates” that had green lights flashing and try to be quick, accurate, and take the shortest distance. They went through 12 gates in total and were scored on this. Pretty soon this will be a worldwide competition!
Finally, in the last segment, participants rode in the passenger seat of a Land Rover for an amazing demonstration of its hill-climbing prowess. A Land Rover can climb hills of 46 degrees, which is pretty crazy! The Land Rover instructors have a ramp that goes 43 degrees: I was able to experience this sitting in the backseat and it totally felt like we were going to roll over backwards.
Unbelievable what a Land Rover can do and yet most people don’t even consider taking them off road!
If you are ever invited, or happen to see the Jaguar Land Rover experience ocurring in a town near you, I highly suggest you find out how you can attend!
Race car driver, educator, safety advocate, TV personality, Kelly Williams started racing cars at 17 years old and continued to race for 15 years. Now she works in the automotive industry, teaching women about taking care of their vehicles. She also teaches performance driver training with BMW as well as other manufacturers, keeps busy as a spokesperson for Be Car Care Aware, hosts ladies' Car Care clinics across Canada, and has recently launched a new consumer website www.KellysGarage.ca
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