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Invictus Games Driving Challenge

Jaguar i-Pace at Invictus Games in Sydney

In case you have been living under a rock, the Invictus Games are currently being held in Sydney. The Invictus Games are a paralympic competition started by HRH Prince Harry for members of the armed services wounded, injured or ill from their duties from 18 countries.

Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, the  first event was a driving challenge. Our proud Aussie team came second, with France taking the gold and the UK bronze. Congratulations to all competitors!

That’s not 4X4 though!

You’re right, this is a 4X4 blog. The driving challenge is hardly what we find exciting in the 4X4 world. Tarmac and Jaguars. However. The use of all electric Jaguar i-Pace cars through the ‘canoe slalom’ course was eye opening!

When talking about electric and hybrid 4X4s, two factors are often used to argue against them. Range, which isn’t relevant to this competition, and wading depth. Electricity and water don’t mix well. Yet here is a sporty electric Jaguar in the drink!

If Jaguar Land Rover have confidence in their electric Jaguar splashing through a competition under the world’s scrutiny we can rest assured the electric 4X4s will be thoroughly suitable for crossing Eli Creek on Fraser Island or the many Cape York rivers crossings without electrical issues.

Watch the following clip for the canoe slalom.

Would you trust an all electric or hybrid electric vehicle for river crossings? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Would I trust an electric vehicle for a river crossing
    Maybe when it is brand new but I don’t see them getting longevity right for a while the problem is going to be long term motor and connector sealing and maintenance

  • Would I trust an all electric or hybrid electric vehicle for river crossings? NO! Modern petrol & diesel 4×4’s
    are hard pressed to do just that. modern 4×4’s are Junk. to many electrical parts & electrical systems don’t like water!

  • Answer is NO! Normal modern Petrol or Diesel 4X4″s have problem when they get there feet wet.
    I have towed “many” modern 4×4’s ( all priced vehicles) off the beaches & bush track on Straddie
    If they don’t suck water in the motor through the air intake the electrical system gets wet & its good night.
    Some are a “little” better than others but modern 4×4’s are “Junk”! Older Nissan patrol or Older Land Cruiser are BEST!. Mechanic over 45 years.

  • I guess you guys actually have been lining under a rock as the games are not “Paralympic Games” . They are for sick, injured or Ill returned service personal. Every discussion, commentator and promotion for the games states this yet. I now know why they have to point it out so much.

    • Actually Matt, they are not living under a rock. The Paralympics Games has grown from a small gathering of British World War 2 veterans in 1948 that had all manner of injuries and disabilities. The first official Paralympic Games, no longer open solely to war veterans was held in Rome in 1960.

    • Actually Matt, they are not living under a rock. The Paralympics has grown from a small gathering of British World War 2 veterans in 1948, with all manner of injuries and disabilities. The first official Paralympic Games, no longer open solely to war veterans was held in Rome in 1960. So the Commentator’s need to be educated to!

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