- osé Mourinho learns high speed drifting and full throttle ice driving on a 60 kilometre frozen lake in Arjeplog, Sweden
- Mourinho tests new Jaguar F-PACE prototype ahead of UK customer deliveries in late spring 2016
- Mourinho shares his thoughts as he plans next phase of successful career
- A new short film featuring Mourinho and the F-PACE on ice in Sweden may be viewed and shared here:https://youtu.be/KGuPeMaJzvo
(Whitley, Coventry – 08 January 2016) José Mourinho has mastered the art of high speed drifting and full throttle ice driving on a 60km frozen lake at Jaguar Land Rover’s extreme testing facility in Arjeplog, Sweden.
The sporting icon was testing a high performance Jaguar F-PACE S as part of an extreme driver training experience just 40 miles from the Arctic Circle. In 2017, the Jaguar Ice Drive Experience will be available to customers from all over the world.*
José Mourinho said: “The experience was magnificent. For people in my world, I think a few days in a place like this is magnificent.”
In temperatures as low as -30˚, Mourinho’s driving skills were tested to their extreme limit in the Jaguar F-PACE by Finnish professional driver, Tommi Karrinaho.
Mourinho said: “I am always learning. Even in football, which is an area that obviously I feel that I’m an expert, I’m never perfect and I always learn.
“The flying lap with Tommi sent my adrenaline soaring. It’s something I’ve only ever experienced before when I have walked out in front of 80,000 football fans.”
Mourinho is experiencing widespread interest about his future, but in the isolation of Jaguar’s extreme testing facility in Sweden, the three-time Premier League-winning manager was philosophical about his next move.
Mourinho said: “I have worked for as long as I can remember as a manager and this is now the second time I have stopped in 16 years. So it’s not a drama, but for sure I will be back soon.”
Mourinho, who owns a Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé and has already placed an order for the new Jaguar F-PACE, insists he will be staying in England for the foreseeable future.
“This is a moment when my family needed some stability and my wife and I made the decision to stay in London. It’s an amazing place to live, an amazing place for them (my children) to study. I don’t know where football will take me because in football you never know, but for sure as a family our home will still be in London,” added Mourinho.
The Jaguar F-PACE offers an unrivalled blend of performance, design and practicality. To ensure that every system functions perfectly even under the most extreme conditions, the new F-PACE has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programmes the company has ever devised.
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles today reported its best ever January retail sales of 46,016 vehicles, up 24% on January 2015.
Retail sales for the month of January were up year-on-year across all regions: 65% in Europe, 36% in the UK, 9% in North America, and 5% in China. Other overseas markets were up 15% year-on-year.
Commenting on the performance, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: “Following our best full year global sales in 2015, this is a great start to the new year, with very strong performance from both brands and across all of our key regions. Europe and the UK retailed almost 20,000 vehicles this month alone, driven by solid sales of the XE and the Discovery Sport.
“Similarly, in China market response to the locally-produced Discovery Sport was very positive with retails of almost 3,000 in its second month of sales.”
Marking its best January yet, Land Rover retailed 38,075 vehicles in the month, up 20% year-on-year. Best-sellers for the month were the Range Rover Evoque, retailing 9,729 vehicles and the Discovery Sport, with retails of 9,486 in the month. Demand for the iconic Defender has been very strong in its last month of production, with its best January performance in over a decade.
Jaguar had its best January performance since 2005, delivering 7,941 vehicles, up 44% on the previous year, due to continued solid sales of the XE (3,673 vehicles). Europe and the UK recorded outstanding year-on-year growth of 131% and 184%, respectively, for the month of January and retails in the Overseas region were 22% up year-on-year and are set to continue to rise with another model, the Jaguar E-Pace on the cards, more on that later