Watch: New Jaguar E-Pace barrel rolls into the record books
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The new Jaguar E-Pace has set an official Guinness World Record during its world premiere.
The compact performance SUV leapt into the record books with a 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree ‘barrel roll’.
Demonstrating the agility, precision and performance of Jaguar’s newest SUV, the feat was the final test for E-Pace after 25 gruelling months of work across four continents to ensure extreme durability and that it lived up to Jaguar’s Art of Performance philosophy.
The E-Pace is the newest member of Jaguar’s SUV family, joining the all-electric I-Pace concept and the Jaguar F-Pace.
The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-Type sports car with distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and haunches that give the E-Pace a bold stance.
“Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-Pace is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class," said Jaguar's Director of Design, Ian Callum.
"Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”
The E-Pace completed its world record jump at ExCeL in London – one of only a handful of venues in the UK big enough to accommodate the 160-metre run-up and run-off for the 15-metre leap.
Behind the wheel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has completed stunts on many film sets and holds an impressive 21 Guinness World Record titles.
“As far as I am aware no production car has ever cleanly completed a bona-fide barrel roll and therefore it has always been an ambition of mine to perform one ever since I was a boy," said Grant.
"After driving the Jaguar F-PACE in the record-breaking loop-the-loop, it has been amazing to help launch the next chapter of the PACE family in an even more dramatic dynamic feat.”
Months of testing and analysis were completed to fine-tune the stunt, including achieving precisely the correct speed of run-up. The ramps were modelled using CAD before any jumps took place. Terry experienced a G-Force of 5.5 during the 270 degree twist, and required a 160-metre run up to hit the air at the correct speed.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel said: “This amazing feat really was a sight to behold. While I’ve seen the barrel roll stunt in film, witnessing this incredible feat in real life was something pretty special. Congratulations to Terry and Jaguar for setting another epic Guinness World Records title.”