Jaguars and Landies on ice

Clas­sic Arc­tic ice drift­ing lessons on of­fer – with prices from £2500

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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.

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