2017 Jaguar F-PACE underwent extreme weather tests

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 4, 2015

Jaguar’s performance crossover – the new F-PACE – has been tested in the most extreme conditions from Dubai’s heat and dust to Northern Sweden’s ice and snow. What consumers get from the F-PACE is an unparalleled combination of performance, practicality, and design.

The automaker created this very demanding test program to guarantee that each system functions perfectly even in the most inhospitable of situations.

Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Programme Director, Jaguar F-PACE, said that the F-PACE was developed to provide the ride, handling and refinement that’s expected from a Jaguar, in combination with superior levels of “ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers.“

He added that “obsessive attention” was used for building every detail. The F-PACE went through the “most challenging conditions” to make sure that it will surpass customers’ expectations around the globe. At the test facility of Jaguar Land Rover in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, it’s rare for average winter temperatures to exceed -15°C.

They frequently plunge to -40°C. By having the F-PACE go through 60km of purposely built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas, it is perfect for optimizing the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies like Jaguar’s revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control.

By testing the F-PACE, it makes sure that it offers the connected steering feel and agility essential to Jaguar dynamics DNA whether it’s on snow, asphalt, or ice. The ambient temperatures in Dubai can surpass 50°C in the shade. The temperatures in the cabin can reach 70°C if the vehicles are left out in direct sunlight.

This is exactly what’s required to guarantee that all systems ranging from climate control systems to infotainment touchscreens work perfectly in heat and humidity extremes. The test engineers can be comfortable with the air conditioner on as they move through city traffic.

This stage in the test cycle is meant to put the cooling systems under very high load via a combination of high ambient temperatures and low airflow. In addition, the F-PACE was driven over gravelled mountain passes. This marks the first time for a Jaguar test programme to be used in this very challenging environment.

Press Release

JAGUAR F-PACE TESTED TO EXTREMES

From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of Northern Sweden, the new F-PACE has been tested to the limit in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth.

Jaguar's performance crossover offers an unrivalled blend of performance, design and practicality.
To ensure that every system functions perfectly even under the most extreme conditions, the new
F-PACE has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programmes the company has ever devised.

"We developed the F-PACE to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on all surfaces and in all weathers.

"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."
Andrew Whyman, Vehicle Programme Director, Jaguar F-PACE

At Jaguar Land Rover's test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, average winter temperatures rarely exceed -15°C and often plummet to -40°C. The 60km of purpose-built handling tracks, mountain climbs, inclines, split-friction straights and off-road areas are ideal for optimising the calibration of the all-wheel drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and technologies such as Jaguar's revolutionary All-Surface Progress Control. The work done here makes sure that, whether on asphalt, snow or ice, the F-PACE delivers the connected steering feel and agility fundamental to Jaguar dynamics DNA.

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

And while the test engineers can relax in air-conditioned comfort as they drive in city traffic, this part of the test cycle is designed to place the cooling systems under very high load through a combination of high ambient temperatures and low airflow.

The F-PACE has also been driven over gravelled mountain passes. This is the first time that a Jaguar test programme has included this uniquely challenging environment, and it is this attention to detail that will help to make Jaguar's first performance crossover the benchmark in its segment.

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