In order to better demonstrate how spacious the XJL really is, Jaguar put together a done race at London’s Alexandra Palace, where two pro racers flew through three cars and 13 total gates.
These gates were shaped like an XJL rear door and were wide enough for the drones to fly through, at speeds of up to 60 mph (96 km/h).
“I’ve been racing drones in competition for years, but this is a first for me,” said Brett Collis, the winning drone pilot. “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.”
Compared to the regular XJ, the long-wheelbase model offers an extra five inches (12.7 cm) of rear legroom, while features such as the airline style reclining seats with massage function, increased headroom, fold-out tables and specially tuned rear suspension do their part to enhance overall comfort.
“Quality and comfort are always at the forefront of our minds and this is especially true for the Jaguar XJL,” said Jaguar design boss, Ian Callum. “The long wheelbase gave us the space to create a passenger experience that is second to none. We might not have designed it with drone racing in mind, but it’s a fun way to demonstrate the spacious environment we’ve created.”
Meanwhile, the two drone pilots flew their craft while resting comfortably in the back of the new XJR575, the performance flagship of the range. It’s got a 5.0-liter supercharged V8, with 575 PS (567 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.