The Jaguar E-PACE – the first compact performance SUV from the Indian-owned automotive brand – has set an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle during its world premiere by completing a 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree corkscrew-like ‘barrel roll’.
Never heard of the Jaguar E-PACE? No worries, let us give you the brief! The Jaguar E-PACE is the newest member of Jaguar’s SUV and is a new 5-seat, compact SUV that has supposedly been designed to combine the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a a more spacious, connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.
The E-PACE , joining the ground-breaking all-electric I-PACE Concept and the 2017 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-PACE – itself launched with a spectacular GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ setting loop-the-loop in 2015.
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 vital 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 RECORDS™ titles. Terry Grant, Stunt Driver, 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.”
The dangerous stunt is not one to be tried at home; months of testing and analysis were completed to fine-tune the stunt, including achieving the correct speed of run-up. The ramps were modelled extensively 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.”
Jaguar E-PACE is available with a range of powerful and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 300 PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers the sporting SUV from 0 – 96 km/h in just 5.9 seconds (6.4 seconds for the 0-100 km/h sprint) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243 km/h. For customers who desire efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150 PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
Prices and specifications for the Middle East and specifically the UAE have yet to be announced!
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