[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his time Grant piloted Jaguar’s first family sports car up the famous Goodwood hill on two wheels. As if that was not enough, professional freestyle motorbike stunt rider Lee Bowers was on board to add even more jeopardy to proceedings.
Bowers is no stranger to two wheels and swapped his saddle for the luxurious leather interior of Jaguar’s first performance crossover. As the F-PACE two-wheeled up the demanding course, Bowers climbed out of the passenger window to stand on the side of the Jaguar and salute the crowd, before climbing back inside ahead of the finishing line.
Terry Grant, legendary stunt driver, said: “When Jaguar gave me the opportunity to reunite with the F-PACE used to break the world’s largest loop record, I couldn’t say no. Its light, stiff aluminium body and precise controls make it the perfect wheelie vehicle, and it was great to have Lee Bowers along for company – even if he did climb out halfway through our run!”
Even for an expert of Grant’s calibre, the two-wheeled drive required hours of planning. Final preparations were completed at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire just days ahead of the live event.
For the actual drive, spectators were left in no doubt about the identity of the Jaguar, as FPACE was emblazoned on both the roof and underside of the vehicle.
Jaguar’s first ever family sports car has become the manufacturer’s fastest-selling vehicle. In the first 10 months on sale more than 14,000 orders have been placed, with all 2,000 First Edition vehicles sold out.
The Jaguar F-PACE is Jaguar’s first performance crossover and its lightweight body structure comprises 80 per cent aluminium. It is the only aluminium-intensive design in its sector and is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull Plant in the UK.