Ex-Olympic skier receives record-breaking tow from Jaguar XF
skates skis on!’
Hearing that call moments before a 117mph stunt that sees you attached to the back of a car would be daunting for most. But evidently, ‘most’ doesn’t include former Olympian Graham Bell, who now holds the Guinness World Record for ‘fastest towed speed on skis’.
Bell, 51, who was British ski champion eight times, used a Jaguar XF Sportbrake as his tow vehicle to record an average speed of 117mph at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden. The feat broke the previous record by more than 47mph and was achieved in temperatures as low as -28C° – a trifle chilly, in the Queen’s English.
The XF’s all-wheel-drive trickery – Adaptive Surface Response and All Surface Progress Control – made the car the perfect candidate for the record attempt and played a major part in smashing the previous record.
However, while Bell and the XF are receiving the appropriate plaudits for the feat, there is one man going uncredited.
Who would that be? Well, consider the image of a bloke on skis being towed by an all-wheel-drive Jaguar estate. It’s been done before, you see…
Yes, Jeremy Clarkson is the pioneer of this stunt! Chipping Norton probably wasn’t experiencing -28C° while Jezza was being towed by the Jaguar X-Type Estate 10 years ago when he was a Top Gear presenter, but we still think he deserves some credit as the originator of what will surely become a fine tradition.
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