F1 Star Martin Brundle and New Jaguar XJR Take On High-Flying ‘Jetman’ In World-First Desert Drag Race


December 11, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on December 11, 2015

F1 Star Martin Brundle and New Jaguar XJR Take On High-Flying ‘Jetman’ In World-First Desert Drag Race

  • Martin Brundle drives new 2016 model year Jaguar XJR in 1.75-mile live car race against ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy in the Dubai desert
  • Head-to-head race demonstrates the benefits of lightweight construction on agility, performance and control in the air and on the road
  • Sandy conditions offer a clear demonstration of the benefits of the Jaguar XJ’s new All Surface Progress Control (ASPC)

The Jetman Dubai pilot Yves Rossy, took on his first ever live race when he went head-to-head against a Jaguar XJR driven by former Formula One star Martin Brundle in a unique contest deep in the Dubai desert.

Brundle, who drove in F1 alongside Michael Schumacher and is now a commentator, had the new all-aluminium 550PS, 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 Jaguar XJR at his disposal while Rossy was strapped to his 2m-wide fixed wing, powered by four Jet-Cat superchargers.

Brundle was helped off the line by the XJ’s innovative All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), a high-tech system that automatically limits traction loss on the rear-wheel drive car at low speeds on slippery surfaces, maximising grip in tough conditions.

Images by Anthony Cullen