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Jaguar XF Sportbrake helps set new skiing world record

Written by: Neil

People set world records for all sorts of things and the automotive world constantly throws up its fair share of global achievements.

This time, it centres around the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which has just claimed the Guinness World Record title for the fastest towed speed on skis.

What does that even mean? Well, basically an Olympic skier – Graham Bell – reached an average speed of 117mph hanging on to a bit of rope tied to an XF estate; that’s 47mph better than the previous record.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Bell pulled off this feat in sub-zero conditions at a positively chilly minus 28 degrees C at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.. Rather you than us, pal.

Watch the world record attempt here: 

There are many cars JLR could have picked for this remarkable challenge but Jeremy Hicks, head honcho at Jaguar Land Rover UK, said the XF Sportbrake was best suited due to its superb traction, handling and high speed stability.

He commented: “We’re extremely proud to have supported Graham in this incredible world-beating achievement – it’s this kind of trail-blazing activity that really tests our cars to their limits.”

Of course you’d expect the boss of JLR to say nice things about a Jaguar but the XF has been praised highly elsewhere, ranking top in the JD Power Survey’s ‘Large and Luxury Car’ group.

Focusing on reliability and customer experience, the Jaguar XF’s position was secured by feedback from genuine customers who have owned their cars for one to three years.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Even for an Olympic skier, it takes balls of steel to get dragged along by a car at 117mph so everyone in the Petrol News office tips their proverbial hat to Mr Bell.”

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