Jaguar Land Rover excels in RAC Future Car Challenge

JonathanNovember 6, 2012

Jaguar Land Rover has showcased how it is hoping to make its vehicles more environmentally friendly at this year’s RAC Future Car Challenge.

The British vehicle manufacturer entered three of its Jaguar XJ_e PHEV engineering research cars into the third annual occurrence of the event, which tasked competitors to drive from Brighton to London using the least amount of fuel possible.

Hosted last Saturday (November 3rd), the vehicles were able to use just 1.2 litres of petrol and 11kWh of electricity over the 63-mile course. As a result, the equivalent fuel consumption of the three cars totalled approximately 112 miles per gallon.

Such a phenomenal drive not only enabled the Jaguar XJ_e PHEV vehicles to achieve a best-in-class rating, but also earned Jaguar Land Rover the ‘Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car Prototype’ and ‘Technical Panel’s Award of Merit’ accolades.

Pete Richings, director of hybrids and electrification at Jaguar Land Rover, commented: “The three experimental XJ_e vehicles were brand new so this event was their first drive in real-world conditions.

“They performed faultlessly and delivered performance that exceeded our expectations, a tribute to our engineering team who prepared them.”

In its pursuit of achieving greener motoring, engineers at Jaguar Land Rover fitted a two-litre turbocharged engine under the bonnet of the experimental XJ_e cars. This works with a 69kW electric motor and a 12.3kWh lithium-ion battery to achieve a range of around 25 miles when in all-electric mode.

Contact hire allows motorists to get an idea of how comfortable a Jaguar XJ_e would be to drive. The Jaguar XJ 2.7 TDVi Executive four-door diesel saloon automatic is available for just £662.92 per month.

Such a deal grants drivers a car that can reach 62mph from rest in a mere 7.8 seconds, while boasting fuel economy of 35.7mpg and letting off just 209 CO2/km in emissions.

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