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Video: Jaguar hosts ‘Game of Drones’ race using 2018 XJL


Just how much space is in the 2018 Jaguar XJL? Apparently enough that Jaguar decided to use its rear cabin as the basis for the illuminated gates featured in a high-speed drone race the automaker dubbed “Game of Drones.”


Two professional drone racers went head-to-head on a course Jaguar designed inside London’s Alexandra Palace. The circuit was made up of glowing door-shaped gates, molded perfectly to the shape and size of the rear doors on the 2018 XJ’s long-wheelbase model. The gates were lit in Phosphor Blue and Red to show off two of the XJ’s available interior lighting choices.


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Jaguar wasn’t satisfied with a studio full of shiny gates though. It actually positioned three new XJL’s throughout the course and required the racers to fly through the rear cabin to demonstrate the models’ added space, which includes an extra five inches of legroom.

The illuminated gates in Jaguar’s “Game of Drones” race were modeled after the 2018 XJL’s rear doors.


Sitting in the backseat of an XJR575, the new XJ’s 575-horsepower version, the two drone pilots used virtual reality headsets to steer their crafts and navigate the winding creative course, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. “I’ve been racing drones in competition for years, but this is a first for me,” said winner Bett Collis. “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.”


Jaguar isn’t done with drone races just yet either. The UK automaker’s upcoming “Art of Performance Tour” will allow fans to compete in similar challenges including “a real life cat and mouse chase with a drone and a Jaguar on the Smart Cone driving course.”


The 2018 Jaguar XJ starts at $75,400.


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