The Art of Performance Tour’ by Jaguar will make its debut in Malaysia this month, as part of its tour across the Asia Pacific region. The event will be held from March 16 to 18 at the Setia City Convention Centre in Selangor.

First introduced in Europe in 2016, the multi-city tour is a unique driving experience that provides the public (who, hopefully, will become Jaguar owners) an opportunity to experience the latest line-up of Jaguar models distributed by Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia.

The models are the XE, XF and F-PACE and besides on-road drives, there will also be a chance to see their dynamic performance on a specially prepared circuit with Jaguar’s innovative Smart Cones course. This is an unpredictable layout with a million different potential courses and is designed to measure the drivers’ skill.

Inspired by the agility training game known as ‘Batak’, the system uses wireless technology to produce both a predetermined and a random course of intelligent illuminating cones, notifying drivers of their next target with only a moment’s notice. As the car is driven, its precise coordinates are measured in relation to the cones and sent to a central computer system 100 times per second to track its performance. Every driver gets a score report that takes into account the model of the car used and driving conditions.

In addition to the driving experience, the participants will also be among the first in Malaysia to preview and test drive the F-PACE 2.0-litre variant (shown above) which will be launched in Malaysia in April. Its 4-cylinder Ingenium powertrain features a single twin-scroll turbo that produces 250 ps/365 Nm. As with all modern Jaguars, the structure of the F-PACE is strong but engineered to have lower weight.

The F-PACE was named the 2017 World Car of the Year and also won the World Car Design of the Year Award at the New York International Auto Show.

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