Rather than just sending the new F-Type V8 to the Geneva Motor Show on the back of a lorry, Jaguar decided to make an event out of it by recreating a historic sprint test done sixty years ago by the then test driver Norman Dewis.
In that test Dewis achieved a world record average flying mile speed of 172.4mph in a modified XK 120. Now in 2013 they go back the venue, Jabbeke in Belgium, to do it again with a V8-powered F-Type.
The car is on a 519-mile (835km) journey across Northern Europe to reach Geneva in company of Jaguar ‘Bloodline’ collection of sports cars, including Jaguar XK 120, C-type, D-type and E-type.
In the new sprint test Andy Wallace hit the 2-mile course in the F-Type and achieved 179 mph after hitting 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The F-Type V8S’ top speed is limited to 186 mph.
Speaking after the sprint, Wallace said: “I was delighted to be invited by Jaguar to be the first to undertake a public sprint test in the new F-TYPE. Our result today is amazing considering the original sprint test road was five miles in length and today we had less than half that to achieve 179mph. The car was still accelerating toward its top speed when I had to brake.