Chris Hoy and the Jaguar F-Type
Sir Chris Hoy talks track days, peak torque and the Jaguar F-Type
Posted: 14 Nov 2012
A track-riding superstar who loves track driving? Is that really such a surprise? There is crossover - Chris claims it's the speed, but for anyone with such single-minded dedication over such a long period, there's got to be more to it. A competitive instinct? Certainly, but both disciplines are repetitious, allowing him to focus on small, thousandth-of-a-second gains. You get the feeling Chris has a precise, orderly mind. I'm willing to stake money on his kitbag being neatly packed.
Are there parallels between bikes and cars on track? "It's not that you'd use a track day to train your skills, or that the physical sensations are the same, but it's about predicting what'll happen. You look at some cycling races, like the Keirin, where there's a lot of people, and you're always looking ahead, trying to predict what's going to happen in 20, 30 metres."