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Jaguar E-PACE flies into record books

Jaguar E-PACE flies into record books

Chris Russon, 2017-07-14

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JAGUAR'S new E-PACE baby SUV has barrel rolled its way into the record books by completing some sensational automotive aerobatics during its world premiere in London.

The latest addition to the ‘fast cat pack' - priced from £28,500 - completed the astonishing stunt during its debut at the ExCel centre in the capital.

It was one of the few venues big enough to allow the 160 metre run up for the E-PACE to jump 15.3 metres turning through 270 degrees.

The twist put the new model straight into the ranks of the Guinness World Records for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.

Demonstrating the agility of Jaguar's newest SUV, the feat was the final test for the E-PACE after 25 months of work across four continents to ensure extreme durability for the new 4x4.

The Jaguar E-PACE - which is set to follow the success of the larger F-PACE that has become the brand's top seller - is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a sports car into an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Due for release later in the year, the E-PACE features some high technology with 4G Wi-Fi and a super-sized touchscreen as standard.

Ian Callum, Jaguar's director of design, said: "Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class.

"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"

Behind the wheel at ExCel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has completed stunts on many film sets and already holds 21 world record titles.

He said: "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.

"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."

For the jump Jaguar engineers spent months of testing and analysis to fine-tune the stunt, including achieving precisely the correct speed of run-up.

The ramps were modelled extensively using CAD before any jumps took place and the vehicle experienced a G-Force of 5.5 during the 270 degree twist.

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."

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