Jaguar Land Rover turns shopping centre into off-road course

A Liverpool shopping centre has been transformed into a makeshift off-road course courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Visitors to the Liverpool One retail centre can buckle up for a free driving adventure in one of the carmaker’s Merseyside-made models.

15 foot hydraulic ramp

Jumping into the passenger seat alongside a Jaguar Land Rover driver, visitors can experience the full thrill of tackling the course, which includes a climb up a 15 foot hydraulic ramp.

Four of Jaguar Land Rover’s models will be on display at the event for people to see, including the Halewood-made Range Rover Evoque and Freelander 2, as well as the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Discovery.

The event will run from Thursday 7th August throughout the weekend until the Sunday, with around 200 people taking part on the first day alone, despite torrential downpours.

Sam Miller, of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We’ve got the Range Rover Evoque, the Freelander 2, the Range Rover Sport and the Range Rover Discovery on display. We drive them around and then there’s a hydraulic ramp which is a bit of a thrill for people.”

Mini off-roaders

As well as that, there’s also mini off-roaders available for younger drivers to get behind the wheel of. She continued: “Children can have a go in the mini off-roaders and there are a few ramps and a tunnel for them to enjoy, it’s almost like a go-kart course.”

Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant, just outside Liverpool, is responsible for the production of the carmaker’s hugely popular Range Rover Evoque.

Back in June, the workforce at the Halewood plant was hailed as a credit to the UK by the plant’s director.

It was also revealed that the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport will be manufactured at the plant, following a £200 million investment in the production facility.

Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Dr. Ralf Speth, said: “The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the next in a line of exciting new products to come from Jaguar Land Rover. I am delighted that Halewood, and Liverpool, has been selected for this new investment. It is totally deserved, and strengthens the ‘special relationship’ that bonds Jaguar Land Rover to this great city.”

The first images of the Land Rover Discovery Sport were unveiled only last week, before the model makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Along with 5+2 seating, it’s expected that the new model will be powered by the company’s new range of Ingenium four-cylinder engines, due to be manufactured at the carmaker’s new Solihull site.

Each of the Ingenium engines will be equipped with state-of-the-art turbochargers to improve performance and the new powerplants are due to debut on the new Jaguar XE, due to be launched later this year.

Pricing and full specifications for the new Land Rover Discovery Sport compact SUV have yet to be announced, but the model is set to go on sale alongside the existing Discovery next year.