Football star Jose Mourinho learns new moves driving the Jaguar F-PACE

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 10, 2016

Portuguese football icon Jose Mourinho said his adrenaline soared when Finnish Driver Tommi Karrinaho full throttled the Jaguar F-PACE S they were test driving through the laps of a highly isolated extreme driving facility somewhere near the North Pole.

According to Mourinho, the only experience he could liken it to was when he walked into a football game in front of 80,000 fans. And it’s not hard to imagine why. This extreme driving facility belongs to Jaguar Land Rover and is located in Arjeplog, Sweden, just 40 miles from the Arctic Circle.

Sitting on top of a 60km frozen lake, the facility offers the Jaguar Ice Drive Experience to customers of this high end car all over the world. Recounting his experience, Mourinho describes it as magnificent. With temperatures as low as -30 degrees, his driving skills were tested to the limit inside the capable Jaguar F-PACE and improved on with the help of the professional driver Tommi Karrinaho.

In the end, Mourinho can confidently claim that he has mastered drifting at top speeds and in the harsh driving conditions offered by the isolated facility. It was a rare opportunity for him to learn to drive like a pro, an opportunity that Mourinho gladly took. According to him, he is always learning and would love any experience where he would learn something new. He said that even in football, there is always something to learn every day.

The extreme isolation of the facility woke up Mourinho’s philosophical tendencies as the three-time Prime League-winning manager contemplates on his next move. He reflects that he has been a football manager for as long as he can remember, it is his passion.

This second time that he stopped coaching is just a pause in his coaching career and he is sure he will soon be pulled back into the game.

Mourinho currently owns a Jaguar F-TYPE Couple but is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the recently-ordered new Jaguar F-PACE which he just test-drove with Karrinaho. The Jaguar F-PACE is exceptional performance-wise and this is even highlighted given the extreme testing weather condition they were in.

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José Mourinho has mastered the art of high speed drifting and full throttle ice driving on a 60km frozen lake at Jaguar Land Rover’s extreme testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden.

The sporting icon was testing a high performance Jaguar F-PACE S as part of an extreme driver training experience just 40 miles from the Arctic Circle. In 2017, the Jaguar Ice Drive Experience will be available to customers from all over the world.*

José Mourinho said: “The experience was magnificent. For people in my world, I think a few days in a place like this is magnificent.”

In temperatures as low as -30˚, Mourinho’s driving skills were tested to their extreme limit in the Jaguar F-PACE by Finnish professional driver, Tommi Karrinaho.

Mourinho said: “I am always learning. Even in football, which is an area that obviously I feel that I’m an expert, I’m never perfect and I always learn.

“The flying lap with Tommi sent my adrenaline soaring. It’s something I’ve only ever experienced before when I have walked out in front of 80,000 football fans.”

Mourinho is experiencing widespread interest about his future, but in the isolation of Jaguar’s extreme testing facility in Sweden, the three-time Premier League-winning manager was philosophical about his next move.

Mourinho said: “I have worked for as long as I can remember as a manager and this is now the second time I have stopped in 16 years. So it’s not a drama, but for sure I will be back soon.”

Mourinho, who owns a Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and has already placed an order for the new Jaguar F-PACE, insists he will be staying in England for the foreseeable future.

“This is a moment when my family needed some stability and my wife and I made the decision to stay in London. It's an amazing place to live, an amazing place for them (my children) to study. I don't know where football will take me because in football you never know, but for sure as a family our home will still be in London,” added Mourinho.

The Jaguar F-PACE 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.

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