Former Team GB skier Graham Bell has smashed the world record for fastest towed speed on skis, being pulled by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

After only a couple of practice attempts, Bell and the XF Sportbrake achieved an average top speed of 117mph, smashing the previous record by over 47mph. The record-breaking run took place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden in temperatures of -28C.

Graham Bell Jaguar XF Sportbrake ski record
Graham Bell Jaguar XF Sportbrake ski record

The existing record stood at just under 70mph, but thanks to the XF Sportbrake’s all-wheel-drive technology, trick suspension and adaptive electronics, it easily achieved the high speeds needed to break the record.

'The XF Sportbrake's superb traction, handling and high speed stability made it the perfect choice for this speed record attempt,' said Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover. 'We’re extremely proud to have supported Graham in this incredible world-beating achievement – it’s this kind of trail-blazing activity that really tests our cars to their limits.'

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