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Tow Car of the Year 2020, Jaguar I-Pace wins big with little Dashaway e caravan

Jaguar I-Pace Towcar 2020.  1200 x 676.

Jaguar I-Pace and Dashaway photos courtesy of The Caravan and Motorhome Club.

On 20th September 2019, 24 hour Le Mans-winning racing car driver Martin Blundell and The Caravan and Motorhome Club Director General, Nick Lomas, announced the winners of the Club's prestigious Tow Car of the Year 2020 at the Royal Automobile Club, London.  Wheelhome are proud to have played a significant role in this. See photo from The Caravan and Motorhome Club.

The most relevant tow-car classes to folk interested in a small, compact and lightweight caravan such as the Dashaway are:

Caravan weight under 1150kgs. (tow cars that can't tow more than 1150kgs)

Contenders were:  

Jaguar I-Pace 400PS electric HSE

Skoda Scala SE 1.6TDI manual (diesel)

Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.0 TSI DSG (petrol)

Volkswagen T-Cross SEW 1.0 TSI DSG

Winner: Jaguar I-Pace 400PS electric HSE, towing Wheelhome Dashaway. 

 

Alternatively fuelled.  (tow cars fuelled other than by just petrol or diesel.  Includes hybrids and electric)

Jaguar I-Pace 400PS electric HSE

Landrover Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Dynamic

Mitsubishi Outlander 19MY PHEV 4hs 2.4 auto

Winner: Jaguar I-Pace 400PS electric HSE, towing Wheelhome Dashaway. 

 

Although being an extremely powerful car, covering 0-60mph in an incredible 7 seconds - whilst towing the Dashaway! the all-electric I-Pace is limited to towing just 750kgs - which makes it ideal for towing our little lightweight, streamlined Dashaway e caravan as Dashaway has been specifically designed to be towed by small-engined petrol/diesel cars, along with electric and hybrids. 

You can see the club's video of the I-Pace towing the Dashaway by clicking below.

Judge and presenter Andrew Ditton commented "so basically, we are looking at the future of towing".

 

So how did all this come about?

For 2020, The Caravan and Motorhome Club had created the new category of "Alternatively Fuelled" vehicles such as electric and hybrid and "Caravan weight under 1150kgs" and needed an appropriate caravan to tow behind these cars.  Dashaway is the first caravan designed specifically for this very class of car (and small-engined petrol/diesel cars) as it incorporates many unique features being lightweight, streamlined and super stable.  In the club's recent test review (August 2019) the Wheelhome Dashaway achieved a “Towing” rating by the club of an incredible 99%.  The Dashaway, then, was the club’s “must have” test caravan.

So in July 2019, at the invitation of the Club we “Dashed away” to the high security Motor Industry’s premier testing ground at Millbrook, Nr Bedford, with our Dashaway e caravan for a week's testing. 

During this week Wheelhome's proprietor Stephen Wheeler, was invited to witness first-hand some of the testing, being passenger around the circuit in different cars towing the Dashaway.  Testing of the cars with Dashaway on tow included some (very) high-speed stability evaluation, cross-winds, acceleration, emergency and normal braking, handling around Millbrook's superb "Alpine test route" which has 1 in 4 gradients, hairpin bends and much more besides.  It became very apparent why Dashaway was awarded a towing score of 99% by the club.  Thinking of buying a Dashaway?  Worry not about safety and stability, this little caravan has been thoroughly tested way, way above what a normal owner would do!

Gary Martin, editor of the Club's magazine (October 2019) said "...with the little Wheelhome Dashaway hooked-up to it, the I-Pace took absolutely everything in its stride"

We were also fortunate to experience a 2019 class winner, the Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.0 TSI DSG (petrol) towing the Dashaway.  You should seriously consider the little Polo, it really was most impressive and comes highly recommended by us. 

You can view all the current and past class winners at:  https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/whats-on/awards/towcar-of-the-year/2020-winners/

 

Millbrook Proving Ground. 

Millbrook has over 27 miles of private roadways, including a two mile, high-speed bowl which is a five-lane, 19banked track, in a perfect circle.  At 75mph, in lane three, no hands are required on the steering wheel as the car will keep in its lane. There is also a one mile dead-straight and level section, a 26o (1 in 4) hill route with crests and hairpin bends, many different road surfaces.  Millbrook has been used for filming of TV's Top Gear and the James Bond film, “Casino Royale” where three Aston Martins were demolished!

Security at Millbrook is very high as motor manufactures of all sorts of vehicles are there testing their next models so that we, the public, can drive safe, efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.  These include cars, buses, lorries, military vehicles and of course, caravans.  Millbrook is a leading U.K. facility that we should be proud of.  Our thanks go to the Club and Millbrook’s test driver, James, for giving an outstanding tour of the facility.

We were delighted to have provided the Dashaway to The Caravan and Motorhome Club and extend our grateful thanks for the superb hospitality shown to us then, and at the Award presentation in London.

 

At speed on the twisty hill route at Millbrook. Photo courtesy of The Caravan and Motorhome Club Tow Car of the Year 2020.  

  • Jaguar I-Pace Towcar 2020.  1200 x 676.
  • I-Pace & Dashaway .
  • Jaguar I-Pace and Dashaway Towcar 2020.
  • Jaguar I-Pace and Dashaway Towcar 2020.
  • Jaguar I-Pace and DashawayTowcar 2020.
  • Jaguar I-Pace and Dashaway Towcar 2020.
  • Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.0 TSI DSG and Dashaway
  • Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.0 TSI DSG and Dashaway
  • Dashaway Ranger Millbrook.
  • Millbrook photography.
  • The judges and Martin Blundell.