Ja­guar’s cats co­me out to play

Spec­ta­tors can look for­ward to a stun­ning dis­play of pre­ci­si­on dri­ving at the wee­kend’s Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb in Knys­na. The see­mingly staid Pa­ce fa­mi­ly will be get­ting up to all kinds of tricks.

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

Ja­guar’s PA­CE fa­mi­ly of SUVs pro­mi­ses to be a high­lig­ht of the wee­kend’s Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb in Knys­na w­hen a wi­de va­ri­e­ty of Ja­guar’s cats will co­me out to play in the co­ve­ted King of the Hill com­pe­ti­ti­on.

The dri­ver li­neup com­pri­ses first-ti­me ra­cers, re­gu­lars and a wor­ld cham­pi­on mo­tor sports­man.

He­a­ding the char­ge in the Su­per­cars Class is Ja­guar South A­fri­ca’s na­ti­o­nal af­ter-sa­les ma­na­ger, Da­wie O­li­vier. O­li­vier has com­pe­ted in e­very Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb and is en­te­red in Class A7 for su­per- or tur­bo­char­ged ro­ad­going cars with eig­ht cy­lin­ders or mo­re. He will be seen in acti­on in a fe­ro­ci­ous 423kW Ja­guar F-TY­PE SVR. Al­so in Class A7 is mul­ti­ple ra­cing cham­pi­on Mark Cron­jé in Ja­guar’s new per­for­man­ce flags­hip, the XJR 575. With a 5-lit­re su­per­char­ged V8 sen­ding 423kW to the re­ar w­heels through an eig­ht-speed au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on and the a­bi­li­ty to launch from

0 to 100km in 4,4 se­conds, the XJR 575 is the fas­test and most po­wer­ful ver­si­on of the XJ se­dan to da­te.

A well-kno­wn na­me in mo­tor­sport, Cron­jé’s re­sumé bo­as­ts fi­ve SA na­ti­o­nal ral­ly cham­pi­ons­hips and two na­ti­o­nal off-ro­ad tit­les.

He was cro­w­ned Ro­tax Max Wor­ld Kar­ting wor­ld cham­pi­on in 2002.

A­not­her Ja­guar sports se­dan will be en­te­red by Ja­guar SA’s re­gi­o­nal techni­cal ma­na­ger, Der­rick De­ar­lo­ve, who will con­test Class A3 for cars with blo­wn six-cy­lin­der en­gi­nes in a 2018 mo­del y­e­ar Ja­guar XE S.

In its la­test gui­se, the 3-lit­re su­per­char­ged V6 in the XE S has been up­gra­ded from 250kW to 280kW. The re­ar-w­heel dri­ve XE S can launch from stand­still to 100km in 5 se­conds.

Ja­guar’s PA­CE fa­mi­ly of SUVs will al­so be a high­lig­ht of this y­e­ar’s e­vent.

The re­cent­ly laun­ched E-PA­CE com­pact SUV is set to be the first Ja­guar SUV to com­pe­te at the Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb, with vi­deo jour­na­list Ci­ro De Sie­na of cars.co.za at the w­heel. His en­try is an E-PA­CE P300 with 221kW from its In­ge­ni­um pe­trol tur­bo en­gi­ne, stan­dard all-w­heel dri­ve and a ni­ne-speed au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on.

Spec­ta­tors can look for­ward to a stun­ning dis­play of pre­ci­si­on dri­ving from wor­ld-fa­mous stunt­man Ter­ry Grant. The mul­ti­ple wor­ld re­cord-hol­der will wow cro­wds by dri­ving up the 1,9km Si­mo­la Ro­ad on two w­heels du­ring in­ter­mis­si­ons, in the sa­me Ja­guar F-PA­CE with which he com­ple­ted the wor­ld’s hig­hest loopt­he-loop in a car at 19,08m in 2015.

For the se­cond y­e­ar run­ning, Ja­guar SA has af­f­or­ded two lucky cu­s­to­mers the op­por­tu­ni­ty to dri­ve their own vehi­cles in an­ger as com­pe­ti­tors at the e­vent. As the win­ners of a cu­s­to­mer ex­pe­rien­ce day held at Ky­a­la­mi ex­clu­si­ve­ly for F-TY­PE o­w­ners, Tra­vis B­ris­coe and Ja­son Bas­ter­field we­re the re­ci­pients of a pri­ze mo­ney can't buy. T­hey won an all-ex­pen­ses-paid trip to com­pe­te at South A­fri­ca’s pre­mier mo­tor­sport e­vent. Both will pi­lot their own Ja­guar F-TY­PE S sports cars. The 2018 Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb kicks off with Clas­sic Car F­ri­day on 4 May. On Sa­tur­day and Sun­day 5 and 6 May, com­pe­ti­tors will ra­ce up the most-con­te­sted stretch of ro­ad in the coun­try for the King of the Hill tit­le. Tic­kets for the Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb start at R120 for day pas­ses and can be pur­cha­sed at http://ja­guar­si­mo­la­hil­l­climb.nu­tic­kets.co.za

Ja­guar is licking its lips for ot­her com­pe­ti­tors at the Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb this wee­kend.

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