Jaguar Launches the R Performance Academy

British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar announced the launching of its R Performance Academy, beginning December 1. And the good news is yet to come. Buyers of a 2010 Jaguar XKR or XFR will have a session at the Homestead Miami Speedway, one of America's premier racing facilities.

Both the XFR and XKR are powered by a supercharged, 510 hp V8 engine, and boast accelerations from 0 - 60 in 4.7 and 4.6 seconds, respectively. The R Performance Academy is meant to help drivers develop their skills and better handle these automobiles.

The experience begins with a reception the night before the driving day where coaches will explain the program and share some of their racetrack experiences. The next day, guests arrive at the track for a driver orientation course and a full day of driving in the Academy cars.

"Our all-new R Performance Academy was specially developed to ensure that our customers can responsibly enjoy the full potential and incredible capabilities of the dynamic XFR and XKR," said BJ Colaric, General Manager, Sales Operations for Jaguar Cars. "The security of having a world-class professional driving instructor by your side on an enclosed, high-speed track creates the perfect setting for both education and appreciation."

According to a company statement, the program will feature the following driving activities:
  • maximum acceleration using various Jaguar Drive Control settings
  • braking - and experiencing complete ABS stopping
  • emergency lane changes
  • Dynamic Mode and DSC Off mode handling
  • cornering
  • autocross (slalom course)
  • full laps at speed with driving coach and hot laps with racing drivers

In 2010, the Academy will visit various tracks, including the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, among others, on a quarterly basis.
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