Chris Hoy and the Jaguar F-Type
Sir Chris Hoy talks track days, peak torque and the Jaguar F-Type
Posted: 14 Nov 2012
It lives in the garage at home, and Chris drives it to and from tracks, most often Oulton Park. "I'd love to have the space and money to keep cars and not sell them. In fact, one of my biggest regrets is selling my E46 M3 [he sold it to a teammate], because that was a lovely car, but my skill levels weren't high enough to get the most out of it on the road." Speaking of roads, his training does include one or two road rides per week ("for recovery purposes") plus a couple of gym sessions ("We'll focus on just one or two exercises such as the squat and deadlift, lifting very heavy weights with very few repetitions, for maximal muscle recruitment").
Aside from that, his training is all track-focused. Lapping a 250m track countless times, that's got to get boring, right? "Well, not really. We do such short intense bursts of speed that really you have to focus, and the speed itself makes it quite a dangerous activity. Behind the motorbike, you can get up to 85kph [53mph], maybe just two or three inches away. And that's exciting," he grins.