- SA land speed record-holding Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé makes its Hillclimb debut
- Media back for more thrills in a selection of latest Jaguars
- First local outing for mighty Range Rover Sport SVR
KNYSNA, South Africa, 30 April 2015 – The 2015 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will once again see a variety of Jaguar’s latest models competing in the King of the Hill challenge on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 May, reinforcing the evocative British brand’s illustrious racing heritage.
Headlining the line-up is the roaring 405 kW supercharged V8 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé, fresh from setting a new South African production vehicle land speed record of 294.68 km/h. This rapid ‘cat’ was driven into the record books by Dawie Olivier, National Aftersales Manager at Jaguar Land Rover SA (JLRSA).
Olivier, who is also an accomplished racing driver, will be assuming driving duties in the F-TYPE R Coupé for the challenging 1.9 km Hillclimb. He finished second in class A8 last year in a F-TYPE V6 S with a time of 47.429 sec, just over half a second slower than a McLaren supercar.
There’s clearly a lot of driving talent within Jaguar’s fold, as former single-seater champion and V8 Supercar racer Barry Ingle from the Jaguar Experience driving academy will be returning behind the wheel of a second F-TYPE R Coupé.
The unusual but entertaining internal project car, a 2003 Jaguar XJR aptly named ‘The Beast’, will be lighting up its tyres once again on the hillclimb, having established a new land speed class record for modified supercharged vehicles. Rory Beattie, JLRSA’s Customer Service director, is responsible for powering it up The Hill at Simola.
A group of experienced motoring journalists has been invited to participate again this year. They will compete in a selection of Jaguar models – several of which secured their places in the history books with new class speed records, including the XF 2.2D and F-TYPE S Convertible.
The line-up comprises Stuart Grant from Classic and Performance Car Africa, Jesse Adams from The Star Motoring, Mark Jones (The Citizen), Ashley Oldfield (Cars.co.za) and Dieter Losskarn from GQ Magazine.
Motoring enthusiasts will also witness the first-ever outing of the exceptional Range Rover Sport SVR, which is Land Rover’s most powerful and fastest vehicle ever. It is due to be driven by multiple racing champion Peter Lindenberg.