Jaguar showed off the new car at Hakskeen Pan, a dry lakebed in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Jag says the new AWD F-Type R will hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. The company’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics traction control system will help in slippery situations.
“Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-Type was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability,” said Ian Hoban, vehicle line director of Jaguar.
Jaguar is also using the opportunity to announce its partnership with the land speed record-chasing Bloodhound SSC gang, who were also out testing at Hakskeen Pan.
For the test, the F-Type was fitted with the same radio equipment as the SSC, and was driven to terminal velocity by SSC chairman and former record-holder Richard Noble. At the same time, a jet was flown toward the F-Type at 500 mph, the near 700-mph closing speed was used to test the system that will allow communication between the ground crew and SSC driver Andy Green when the actual speed record is attempted.
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