2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Track Day Videos
October 30, 2014
If you've been following the exploits of our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, you're probably already aware that I recently attended a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway in this 550-horsepower beast. If this is the first you're hearing about it, catch up here. I had an amazing time in the Jag (despite some issues with the tires) and during my first two sessions, I hooked up a few GoPro cameras to bring you along on the action.
In both videos, you'll notice my hesitation around the tracks long right-hand sweepers followed by a heavy right foot on the straightaways. Learning the track throughout the day gave me more confidence, but I was always aware of the extra stress that right-handers were putting on the front-left tire.
During the first session, I got a sense of the track configuration and a sense of how quickly the Jag catches up with the other cars in the group. Almost immediately out of the pit, the F-Type caught up with a Honda S2000 and before the first lap was over I was ready to pass a second group of cars. This early in the day, many drivers were confident in their abilities, but that confidence can be erased pretty quickly. Skip to the 1:10-mark to see the proof.
Towards the end of the second session several drivers had either pitted or been black-flagged for going off track during the first and second session and this meant less traffic on the track, no traffic jams in the chicanes and no need to be pointed by on the straightaways. Track staff had also cleaned most of the dirt off the track between the two sessions, which meant significantly faster lap times. I was able to make several clean passes along the front straightaway (at the beginning and end of the video) and easily cleared 130 miles per hour before standing on the brakes and dropping the speed down by 60-70 mph for the 90-degree left hander that follows.
I know that most F-Type owners won't take their car to a track day, but leaving this car in the garage, waiting for it to appreciate in value and wiping it down with a diaper after a trip to Whole Foods is only getting half your money's worth. If I owned a Jaguar F-Type, I'd constantly be at the track, trying to tap in to its massive potential. This thing is a blast to drive on public roads, but there's a limit to how much of the Jag you can actually use in the real world and an even lower limit to how much you can use safely. At the track, the only limit is the sack of meat between the seat and the steering wheel. Oh, and that front left tire.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor