Hey Oppo. It’s been a while.
I went to the JLR Ice Academy in northern Sweden last week.
It was a pretty surreal experience. We got to drive the RR Sport, Velar, F-Pace, and F-Type on a series of tracks built on a gigantic frozen lake. All cars had studded tires, but that was it. No traction or stability control, and the F-Type was RWD. The SUVs were all TDV6s, the F-Type was the 380hp V6 (not the new body style).
We got a lot of driving time - a half hour per track session per driver (two per car). Day 1 and Day 2 had 6 tracks each. Day 2 also featured a tour of JLR’s testing facility and some prototypes (which I am bound by an NDA in regards to discussing). Day 3 had a drive up to the Arctic circle in RR Sports.
We got to drive the Velar and F-PACE the most, and the F-TYPE twice.
The F-TYPE was the obvious star of the weekend, but the F-PACE was surprisingly good! We specifically used it for a mile-long powerslide track, with the goal of maintaining the slide at 60mph. I held the slide about half way, but not at 60 (I lost my nerve at 50, lol).
The Velar handled well but was just so buggy - the climate control and backup camera went nuts on our car, and another kept stalling.
The Project 8 was just for ride alongs (boo)