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Supercharged lineup of Jaguar vehicles to contest the ninth running of South Africa’s premier racing event

A wide variety of Jaguar’s cats will come out to play in the King of the Hill competition at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, with a driver lineup comprising first-time racers, Hillclimb regulars and a world champion motorsportsman.

Heading the charge in the Supercars Class is Jaguar South Africa’s national aftersales manager, Dawie Olivier. Dawie, who has competed in every Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, is entered in Class A7 for super- or turbocharged road-going cars with eight-cylinders or more, with a ferocious 423kW Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.

Also in Class A7 is multiple racing champion Mark Cronje in Jaguar’s new performance flagship – the XJR 575. With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 sending 423kW to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the ability to launch from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, the XJR 575 is the fastest and most powerful version of the XJ sedan to date. A well-known name in motorsport, Mark Cronje’s resume boasts five South African national rally championships and two national Off-Road titles. Mark was also crowned Rotax Max World Karting world champion in 2002.

Another Jaguar sports sedan will be entered by Jaguar South Africa’s Regional Technical Manager, Derrick Dearlove, who will contest Class A3 for cars with blown six-cylinder engines in a 2018 model year Jaguar XE S. In its latest guise, the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in the XE S has been upgraded from 250kW to 280kW. The rear-wheel drive XE S can launch from standstill to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds.

Jaguar’s PACE family of SUVs will also be a highlight of this year’s event. The recently-launched E-PACE compact SUV is set to be the first Jaguar SUV to compete at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, with popular South African videojournalist Ciro De Siena, from at the wheel. Ciro’s entry comes in the form of an E-PACE P300 with 221kW from its Ingenium petrol turbo engine, standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Spectators can look forward to a stunning display of precision driving from world-famous stuntman Terry Grant. The multiple world record-holder will wow crowds by driving up the 1.9km Simola road on two wheels during intermissions, in the very same Jaguar F-PACE with which he completed the world’s highest loop-the-loop in a car, at 19.08 metres in 2015. You can watch the video of this stunt by clicking below. For the second year running, Jaguar South Africa has afforded two lucky customers the opportunity to drive their own vehicles in anger as competitors at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. As the winners of a customer experience day held at Kyalami exclusively for F-TYPE owners, Travis Briscoe and Jason Basterfield were the recipients of a prize money cannot buy: an all-expenses paid trip to compete at South Africa’s premier motorsport event. Both will pilot their own Jaguar F-TYPE S sports cars.



While Jaguar’s range of SUVs normally demonstrates a perfect balance of sportiness and practicality, there will be a firm focus on the former at the upcoming Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. Spectators will see three separate models from the growing PACE family perform at full tilt during the event’s King of the Hill days, set to run on Saturday and Sunday (5-6 May 2018) at the coastal resort.

Fresh from its South African debut in March, the All-New E-PACE will be put to the test on the famed 1.9km hill, where its compact dimensions, inherent agility and built-in Jaguar sports car DNA will be key to its performance. Entered is the E-PACE P300, which is endowed with 221kW and 400Nm, and can launch from 0-100km/h in a rapid 6.4 seconds.

World-renowned British stunt driver Terry Grant will be doing double-duty on the weekend in a pair of F-PACE SUVs. The multiple world record-holder will compete in the King of the Hill challenge in a 280kW supercharged Jaguar F-PACE S, while also attempting to complete the course on two wheels in the very same Guinness World Record-holding F-PACE with which he performed the world’s highest loop-the-loop in 2015.

Terry Grant, stunt driver, said:

“I’ve been lucky to travel the world performing various stunts at a wide variety of events. But to be invited to the prestigious Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, where I can show what the F-PACE can really do, is an absolute highlight for me."

Another new member to the PACE family, which will make its South African market debut in 2019, is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the I-PACE. The emission-free SUV was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will be capable of an 80 per cent capacity recharge in just 45-minutes when using a 100kW DC rapid charger. With a state-of-the-art 90kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, the I-PACE will deliver a range of 480km (on the WLTP cycle).

Jaguar-designed electric motors positioned at each axle give the I-PACE a combined performance of 294kW and 696Nm, all-wheel drive traction and the ability to launch from a standing start to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch   

The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb kicks off with Classic Car Friday, on 4 May 2018. On Saturday and Sunday (5-6 May 2018), competitors will race up the most-contested stretch of road in the country for the King of the Hill title.

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