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Jaguar XJ L stars in ‘Game of Drones’ race

Jaguar has decided drone racing is the best way to demonstrate just how spacious the long-wheelbase XJ L really is. Therefore, the carmaker rounded up three units of the XJ L, set up a drone racing course involving them, and got two pilots to the Alexandra Palace venue – to battle it out for a ride home in the XJR575.

As you can see, the gates in the course aren’t of a conventional form, and instead are marked out with the same shape as an XJ L’s rear door. Jaguar points out the XJ L offers an extra 12.7 cm of legroom over a standard XJ, and that makes a lot of difference, especially when you’re flying drones through the cars’ cabins at speeds of up to 96 km/h.

“I’ve been racing drones in competition for years, but this is a first for me. The course was a great test, but the fact we were able to go at such speeds proves how much space the doors of the Jaguar XJL gave us. Despite having to fly through the cabin we were still pushing the drones to their top speeds,” said Brett Collis, pilot for the blue drone.

In case you’re wondering, the door-shaped gates are lit in Phosphor Blue and Red to highlight two of the XJ’s interior ambient lighting colours. You’ll also get plenty of features like reclining seats with massage function, fold-out tables and most importantly, a specially-tuned rear suspension to enhance ride comfort.

The XJ can be had with 3.0 litre V6 petrol (340 PS) and diesel (300 PS) engines, or if something more powerful is required, a 5.0 litre V8 (510 PS). If even more bite is required, there’s the XJR575, which packs 575 PS from its supercharged V8.


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