SUPERCAR SHOOTOUT HEADLINES EVEN GREATER SPECTACLE FOR 2016 JAGUAR
Press release by: Jaguar
Visitors to this year’s
Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, taking place in Knysna from 6-8 May 2016,
are in for a real treat, with the most exciting programme and
the most expansive and exotic line-up of cars yet in the award-winning
Aside from the largest-ever number of entries for Classic Car
Friday and King of the Hill, this year’s edition of South
Africa’s premier motorsport event is set to include a dedicated
SuperCar Shootout, an intriguing new category for hybrid-powered
vehicles, and the first-ever Formula 1 car to take on ‘The
Hill’ – all of which is sure to excite and delight
the more than 15 000 fans expected to make their way to the famous
Simola Hill over the course of the weekend.
“The SuperCar Shootout adds an exciting new element to the
Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, as it allows supercar owners to compete
against one another for Hillclimb glory,” says Geoff Goddard,
the hillclimb’s Sporting Director. This event runs alongside
and uses the same format as King of the Hill during the Saturday
and Sunday, including the practice and qualifying runs, leading
up to the class finals. The Top 10 competitors then proceed to
the final SuperCar Shootout – which precedes the King of
the Hill Top 10 Shootout – to determine the overall SuperCar
“Drivers that elect to compete in the SuperCar Shootout
will not be eligible for the King of the Hill Top 10, so it becomes
a stand-alone event in the programme,” Goddard explains.
Qualifying entries for the SuperCar Shootout have to be production-based
showroom-spec cars using standard road tyres – all of which
fall under Class A regulations for road-going vehicles.
The fastest entries are likely to come from four of the Class
A categories: A4 which includes the likes of the four-wheel drive
turbocharged Nissan GT-R and a Noble M400; Class A6 with the Porsche
911 GT3; A7 that encompasses the evocative Ferrari 458 Italia
and screaming Lamborghini Aventador; as well as Class A8 with
a McLaren 650S and, naturally, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé
with its mighty 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that produces a thunderous
405 kW of raw power.
Another interesting addition for the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
is the new Class A9 for hybrid-powered vehicles. At least one
BMW i8 is destined for the start line, and is sure to be a major
talking point throughout the weekend. Relying on a high-tech combination
of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine synchronised with
an electric motor, it produces a combined output of 266 kW and
570 Nm of torque. It will be fascinating to see how this lightweight
plug-in hybrid fares against its more conventional rivals.
Motor racing purists will be delighted to witness the first-ever
Formula 1 car to be unleashed on the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.
Owned and driven by Andre Bezuidenhout, one of SA’s most
fervent motorsport enthusiasts and competitors, the 1989 Dallara
is powered by a Cosworth-Ford V8 and currently holds the lap record
of 58.839 sec for the 2.4 km Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria.
Is it capable of blitzing Des Gutzeit’s current Hillclimb
record of 40.148 sec notched up last year with his explosive,
highly modified 1 400 hp Nissan GT-R, or will the road course
be its undoing? All will be revealed at the beginning of May…
For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.co.za