The Jaguar XE 300 Sport has set a unique lap record, around a forgotten Grand Prix circuit in France.
The 8km Circuit de Charade in Clermont-Ferrand included public road sections. It hosted the French Grand Prix in 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1972.
Loose volcanic rock and the lack of any real run-off areas took their toll on cars and drivers alike. The track fell out of favour, and the full, longer circuit was last used in 1988. Jaguar returned to the historic track to mark the anniversary of its closure. An XE 300 Sport completed the first flying lap of the circuit in three decades.
Jaguar worked closely with the track owners and local authorities to re-establish the original Circuit de Charade layout. This meant re-opening sections linking today’s track with the public roads that make up the daunting original.
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