Prodrive Proving Ground, Kenilworth

In 2014, the Kenilworth proving ground was purchased by Jaguar Land Rover. Long term occupants Prodrive moved out and Jaguar embarked upon their Jaguar Heritage Project at this venue. While we no longer use the track, as understandably, Jaguar keep it for their own projects, it’s worth taking a look at the venue, perhaps if you’ve been invited to take a Jaguar driving experience there:

Situated in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, just 15 minutes from the M42, M40 and Birmingham airport. Its location makes it easily accessible from the majority of central and southern England. It is only a two hour drive from London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Norwich.

There are a variety of layouts that are very useful for specific aspects of driving. The versatility of Kenilworth, plus it’s central location, makes it a very popular venue.

Tower Circuit

Measuring 1.5 miles long, this has been designed to test the handling characteristics of a car and to help teach drivers how to set up and balance a vehicle through a wide range of corners and chicanes and on surfaces which emulate those found on public roads. The circuit is ideal for driver development and demonstrating the capabilities of a vehicle as it has wide run off areas. A perfect venue for learning about your own car’s dynamics, the importance of balance and weight distribution and developing forward vision.

Tight Handling Circuit

This tight and twisty mile-long circuit is designed to explore the agility of a vehicle with some adverse cambers strategically placed to help unsettle a car. The lower speeds of this circuit help demonstrate how to set a car up for slow corners and how to use the brakes to help steer a car. With low speed corners and constant changes of direction, you can develop techniques to test the agility of your car and your own ability to use weight distribution and brakes to steer the car.

Multi Surface Wet Grip Skid Control and Skid Circle

Designed to improve skid control, here you will explore and learn to understand different kinds of skids, understeer, oversteer, what causes them, how to avoid them in road situations, and how to induce and play with them here in a safe and repeatable environment. The low grip surface is constantly wetted therefore has no wear on brakes or tyres and is divided into two main areas.

Low Grip Track – A stretch of 180 metres of wetted basalt tiles. Used by vehicle manufacturers to test braking, traction and stability systems, its ability to simulate ice and snow in all weather conditions makes it the perfect area to teach skid control (guaranteed to make you laugh!) and the benefits of ABS (anti-lock braking system) and traction or stability control systems.

The Skid Circle – A 25 metre diameter area, the skid circle features a thin layer of epoxy resin applied to the tarmac surface which is then sprayed with water jets for the lowest possible grip. Low speed, powered oversteer exercises take place on the skid circle, designed to simulate wet ice on a roundabout. With 2 camber direction changes, the skid circle is one of the most challenging driving experiences and guaranteed to provide lots of fun as well being a great environment to replicate winter driving hazards in a safe, repeatable way.

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