Another day, another road trip. This one is possibly the biggest challenge I’ve set myself yet. I am currently in the passenger seat of my housemate’s new car and we are in Houston, TX and have to be back in San Francisco by Sunday night.
With two drivers, 470hp and a Valentine One it certainly isn’t an impossible task but it will mean some serious wheeltime over the next two days. 1908 miles left to go and it is 11.44am CST. By my calculations we need to spend approximately 12 hours a day driving and allowing ~2 hours for fuel and food stops each day our goal is to reach Phoenix, AZ tonight and then complete the final 900 or so miles on Sunday.
That might sound like cruel and unusual punishment for some but let’s take into account for a moment the weapon of choice here. Our chariot for the mammoth trip is a lightly used, 2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged. We have a whopping 470hp from a state of the art 5.0 V8. Like most ex-pat Brits, he is making good use of the fact that petrol costs around 1/3rd of what it is in the UK and that makes running a car like this feasible, if still a little expensive.
We are adopting the same rhythm that accompanied my first rapid trip cross country, combining fuel and food stops where possible and driver changes at the same time. With an estimated 375 miles on a full tank and a cruising MPG in the low twenties we should be able to do it in three shifts.
How successful we will be, only time will tell. Will we be able to make this trip without inviting the unwanted attention of various state police forces?