Jaguars and Landies on ice
Classic Arctic ice drifting lessons on offer – with prices from £2500
Jaguar and Land Rover is offering the chance to drift iconic classic models on a frozen lake in Sweden at its winter testing facility early next year.
A 1955 Jaguar MkVII, 1965 Mk2 and 1975 XJ Series II saloon will be available for customers on the three day experience, alongside a 1971 Range Rover Classic and 1950 Series I, 1960 Series II and 1978 Series III Land Rovers for an off-road Arctic Circle expedition. It is claimed that drifting on a wide open icy space is actually less risky in terms of damaging the classic Jaguars than on tarmac as the vehicles can be drifted at much lower speeds due to the extremely low friction.
JLR will provide specialist instructors and tuition to help drivers get to grips with the below minus 30 degrees celsius driving conditions without the help of modern aids like power steering or traction control. Harnesses and seatbelts are fitted to all cars along with upgraded interior heaters and winter tyres.
The ice driving days will start in early 2017 in Arvidsjaur priced from about £2500 with accommodation at Hotel Silverhatten, transfers on arrival and driving tuition included. Flights have to be booked separately and it’s probably worth packing a decent winter coat.
A spokesman for JLR Classic – the manufacturers’ joint heritage arm – tells CCW: ‘ The idea for the ice driving event was something unique we knew we could deliver for customers. Getting a classic Jaguar sideways is not something you would normally see or get to experience.
‘While there is only one event planned to run next year, it is possible it could run regularly in the winter seasons. JLR Classic is looking to expand the amount and types of events it does.’
Customers will be able to use this Land Rover Series I and Jaguar MkVII on a frozen lake.