Innovative Skyroad showcases latest Jaguar XJ

Innovative Skyroad showcases latest Jaguar XJ
Published: 07 April 2016 (3803 Views)
Pretoria - Jaguar took its latest XJ to one of the world's most spectacular modern roads - the 'Skyroad' in China - to find out how innovation in road technology and design is helping to match the improving ride of modern luxury cars.

The 240km-long road, officially named the Yaxi Expressway, cost over 20bn RMB ($3bn), took five years to build and has become a tourist attraction as it snakes through spectacular scenery in Sichuan Province.



The region - which is not only extremely mountainous but is also an active earthquake zone - required the road designers to utilise innovative thinking. Engineers solved the issue by using tunnels and viaducts to make up over half the length.

Skyroad engineer Peng Li said: "Constructing modern roads is very challenging from a technology perspective because we have to keep pace with the development of the auto industry and there are many factors in the design of road surfaces and layouts.

"In modern luxury cars like the Jaguar XJ, the passenger expectations are high. These cars are frequently chauffeur-driven and roads need to be designed to match the smooth ride and comfort engineered into luxury vehicles.



"We incorporated a huge number of innovative technologies, materials and features to deliver this, including the world's longest continuous slope of 51km, with an incline of 3%, and the world's first double-spiral tunnel, which optimizes the experience for drivers."

One of the biggest challenges in the road's construction was its location in a geologically unsettled region prone to earthquakes. This not only impacted construction but also meant the design must be strong enough to withstand such potential natural disasters.



"There were often many landslides, making construction very difficult," added Li. "And in terms of design, it takes a lot of innovation to create an expressway to operate stably in an earthquake-prone region.
 
The road has halved the journey time between Chengdu and Liangshan and opened up a region of China known for its tea production as well as pottery, flowers, silk, spicy cuisine and wild pandas.

Jaguar spokesperson, Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director said: "The XJ is the most luxurious car in our range and is designed both as a driver's car and, in China particularly, for the chauffeur-driven market. Smooth ride, handling and rear seat comfort are all extremely important.

"But it is not just the car that contributes to the handling, it is also important for our engineers to understand innovations in road design and optimise ride and handling to fit future trends in the construction industry.

"One of the newest and most ambitious road construction projects in China enabled us to learn more about modern road design and to test out the XJ's comfort, whether you are driving or working or relaxing in the rear seats."

- Jaguar Africa

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Assault victim 'kidnapped'

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 15 Views

Woman up for attempted murder

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 16 Views

Bush sex at Tsvangirai's funeral

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 21 Views

Kombis to #Shutdown Harare

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 38 Views

Kombi Ban/Operation De-congest Hre Inhuman: Transform Zimbabwe

by Transform Zimbabwe | 22 February 2018 | 27 Views

WATCH: Mliswa calls Mpofu a thief during Portfolio Committee meeting

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 55 Views

BREAKING: Kombi ban reversed

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 40 Views

Russia avails 70 academic scholarships to Zimbabweans

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 24 Views

PDP's statement on violence at Tsvangirai funeral

by Jacob Mafume PDP Spokesperson | 22 February 2018 | 105 Views

Army commanders want Mnangagwa to serve only one term - report

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 166 Views

Mugabe birthday holiday misnamed

by Trevor Sagota in Harare | 22 February 2018 | 91 Views

WATCH: Gukurahundi testimony that makes you cry

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 143 Views

Fighting for one's independence is not tribalism

by Sam Velaphi Mabhena, MNP President | 22 February 2018 | 99 Views

Chamisa, vigilante or villain

by Daniel Itai | 22 February 2018 | 217 Views

WATCH: Obert Mpofu being grilled

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 126 Views

WATCH: 'Obert Mpofu demanded a $10m bribe'

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 224 Views

Tsvangirai's second book to be published soon

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 89 Views

Student grants back

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 112 Views

Professor Dlodlo appointed NUST vice chancellor

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 123 Views

'Tsvangirai's funeral number two in Africa to be largely attended'

by Stephen Jakes | 22 February 2018 | 194 Views

MDC-T president Nelson Chamisa must denounce political violence

by Leonard Koni | 22 February 2018 | 111 Views

MDC-T Zhombe defends Chamisa over violence

by Stephen Jakes | 22 February 2018 | 164 Views

Plot to unleash violence backfires

by Stephen Jakes | 22 February 2018 | 140 Views

Grace Mugabe's PhD supervisor investigated

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 88 Views

Thanksgiving to Everyone who burial of Tsvangirai

by Richard M Simango | 22 February 2018 | 97 Views

Nadia Nakai no-make-up challenge goes viral

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 160 Views

Soldier loses service pistol in nightclub

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 161 Views

A befitting 'violent' farewell to an iconic boss

by Luke Tamborinyoka | 22 February 2018 | 137 Views

Zimra aim to enhance efficiency

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 70 Views

Floods wreak havoc

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 112 Views

Mnangagwa to address war vets' grievances

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 92 Views

Tsvangirai wanted passport for prophetic healing

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 148 Views

Gutu quits 'violent' MDC-Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 114 Views

'Mnangagwa a tried, tested leader,' claims Mohadi

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 76 Views

Zanu-PF MP's son, girlfriend caught up in cops and robbers shootout

by Staff reporter | 22 February 2018 | 179 Views