Jaguar has unveiled its second SUV, the compact E-Pace, breaking a world ‘barrel roll’ record in the process at the world premiere.
Driven by stunt driver Terry Grant, the car completed a a 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree corkscrew, emulating the iconic feat seen in the Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.
“Demonstrating the agility, precision and performance” of Jaguar’s newest SUV, the stunt was the final test for the E-Pace after 25 gruelling months of work across four continents to ensure it lives up to the company’s ‘Art of Performance’ philosophy.
Billed as “the compact performance SUV with sports car looks”, the E-Pace is priced from £28,500 and joins the 2017 World Car of the Year, the larger F-Pace, in Jaguar’s SUV stable.
“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,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design.
The E-Pace’s world record jump took place 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.
“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 Terry 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.”
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.”