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Youngsters can now learn to drive in a Jaguar F-Type

Written by: Neil

What did you learn to drive in? For most of us here in the Petrol News office, it was whatever our parents were running at the time. That varies from a musty Volvo estate to a clapped-out Corsa.

But kids today, their first taste of life on the road is from behind the wheel of a Jaguar sportscar – they don’t know they’re born!

We’re not having you on: thanks to a programme launched by Jaguar, youngsters aged between 11 and 17 can now have their first driving experience in an F-Type – a car that’s capable of getting up to 60mph in 5.4 seconds.

Available at six locations around the UK, the Jaguar First programme has introduced 5,000 young people to the joys of driving since its introduction in October 2015.

Previously, learners were handed the keys to an XE – not a shabby deal at all – but now, they can opt for a F-Pace SUV – Jaguar’s fastest selling car ever – or a four-cylinder F-Type.

Learning to drive in a sportscar isn’t anything new, we hasten to add: Bill Plant has been laying on lessons in a BMW i8 since early 2017.

Lessons can last 30, 60 or minutes and are conducted in a dual-controlled car on a specially designed private road area with one of Jaguar’s expert instructors. All drivers must be at least 11 years old and over 1.42m (4ft 8) tall.

Once they’ve mastered the basics, learners move onto junctions and roundabouts, steering through tight cones, and practice bay and reverse parking. In-car filming means learners can share their day’s driving with family and friends on social media.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “It’d be a massive understatement to say we’re envious of anyone who learns to drive in a Jaguar, let alone the spectacular F-Type.”

Visit www.jaguarfirst.com for more details.

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