Jaguar’s F-Pace gets worked over in extreme conditions

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 31 July 2015

JAGUAR is torturing its first performance crossover in the searing heat and dust of Dubai, the ice and snow of Sweden ahead of its debut in September.

The F-Pace concept has also undergone duties as a support vehicle for Team Sky during the Tour de France cycle race in which team leader Chris Froome triumphed.

“We developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar car, together with new levels of ability and composure on a variety of surfaces and weather conditions. Just as we paid obsessive attention to detail over the engineering of every single component, we’ve exhaustively tested the F-PACE in the most challenging conditions to ensure that it will exceed the expectations of our customers around the world,” said, Andrew Whyman, vehicle program director, Jaguar F-PACE in a statement.

Average temperatures at the Jaguar Land Rover test facility in Arjeplog, northern Sweden, rarely exceed -15 Celsius and often plummet to -40C.

The 60 kilometres of purpose-built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas are considered ideal for optimising the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies such as the revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control1.

In Dubai, ambient temperatures can exceed 50C in the shade. When vehicles are left out in direct sunlight, cabin temperatures can soar to 70°C, which Jaguar says is exactly what’s needed to ensure that everything from climate control systems to infotainment touchscreens function perfectly in extremes of heat and humidity.

The cooling system of the F-Pace was also tested under very high load by driving the vehicle in city traffic where the vehicle experienced a combination of high ambient temperatures and low airflow.