Jaguar E-Pace launch – Twist and Barrel Roll Stunt
Jaguar E-Pace pulled a spectacular record setting “barrel roll” stunt
Jaguar E-PACE has set an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title during its world premiere. The compact performance SUV leap into the record books with a 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree corkscrew-like ‘barrel roll’. it’s not the first time Jaguar has done this, in fact, a similar stunt was done when the F-PACE was revealed. Seems like it’s a Jag’s staple of revealing the new SUV in a jaw-dropping, attention grabbing and headline making stunt and setting the new records all the way!
This time around it’s the reveal of much-anticipated baby SUV. the E-PACE. And guess what? Jaguar once again performed 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree corkscrew-like ‘barrel roll’. And then your guess is as good as mine, it’s a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle.
The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV the latest addition in Jaguar’s demonstrating the Jag’s DNA of agility, precision, and performance ensuring extreme durability and that it lived up to Jaguar’s Art of Performance philosophy. E-PACE joining the ground-breaking all-electric I-PACE Concept hatchback and the 2017 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-PACE.
The exterior design is inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and characterized by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches that give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic. However, it still recognized as baby F-PACE as it carries a strong resemblance.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar, said: “Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognizable 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 was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has completed stunts on many film sets and holds an impressive 21 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD titles.
Terry Grant, Stunt Driver, said: “As far as I am aware no production car has ever cleanly completed a bonafide 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.”
Unsurprisingly, the barrel roll is not one to be tried at home; months of testing and analysis were completed to fine-tune the stunt, including achieving precisely the correct speed of run-up. The ramps were modeled 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.
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The Jaguar E-PACE is connected and intelligent. The 10-inch touchscreen comes as standard and connects customers to their favorite apps, including Spotify. Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl system allows you to keep the vehicle secure by tracking it on your smartphone, automatically alerts the emergency services in case of an accident and allows you to check fuel levels and mileage remotely via a smartphone or smartwatch. Customers can warm up the car, cool it down and even start it remotely using InControl.
Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices. The E-PACE is smallish from outside yet it provides a superior interior space for its class. The compact SUV promises to seat five in absolute comfort with generous rear legroom. Furthermore, a generous cargo space is available thanks to usage of intelligent suspension geometry – the Integral Link rear suspension architecture and can fit a pushchair, a set of golf clubs and a large suitcase.
Power & Pace
E-PACE is available with a range of powerful and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers the sporting SUV from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds (6.4 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243km/h. For customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
E-PACE Active Driveline all-wheel-drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character. The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions and all weathers.
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The technology and driver’s assist features have taken a new leap forward to ensure first class safety. Get this, a stereo camera underpins the advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which also provides pedestrian detection and supports Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as the Intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor systems. Front and rear parking aids are standard. The camera also combines with the electric power assisted steering system and rear radars to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function, to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet in the event of a collision.
The E-PACE is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s next-generation Head-Up Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66 per cent more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity. Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety, and convenience features all projected directly into the driver’s eye line – reducing the need to look away from the road.
An optional 12.3-inch full-color digital instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian put the E-PACE on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology.
The E-PACE is also available with Jaguar’s innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and shockproof wristband has an integrated transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying outdoor pursuits such as running or cycling.