The drone pilots, donning VR headsets, sat in the rear of the 575-horsepower version of the XJL, the Jaguar XJR575, and launched the drones from the trunk of the car. They raced the drones through the gates and through the cars at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. “The course was a great test, but the fact we were able to go at such speeds proves how much space the doors of the Jaguar XJL gave us,” said the winning drone pilot, Brett Collis. “Despite having to fly through the cabin, we were still pushing the drones to their top speeds.”
The “Game of Drones,” as Jaguar dubbed the race, took place at Alexandra Palace in London, but the automaker is bringing similar experiences to more locations. Jaguar plans to go on an “Art of Performance Tour,” where it will bring drone and Smart Cone driving challenges to the public, free of charge.