33 test jumps later, the James Bond-style stunt at the E-Pace's launch event was a complete success.

With crossovers of all shapes and sizes gaining traction with each passing year, it’s easy to understand why the E-Pace is such an important model for Jaguar. To make sure it would get a lot of attention at its world premiere, the British automaker owned by Tata Motors decided to pull out all the stops and introduce the premium compact crossover in great style.

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Half a year in the making for just one and a half seconds of action. Indeed, Jaguar conducted no less than 33 test jumps over the course of six months to make sure the public attempt at the E-Pace’s London reveal event would be a complete success.

Here is the barrel roll attempt by the numbers: 756 hours of engineering simulation time, 160-meter run-up required to gain speed, 42 mph take-off speed, 270-degree rotation, 1.5-seconds air time, 5.5G forces, and a margin for error of just 10 mm for the 15.3-meter-long barrel roll stunt. There was virtually no room for any mistakes, so a lot of work was put into making sure the 007-style jump would go exactly as planned and set a new Guinness World Record for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.

Professional stunt driver Terry Grant was behind the wheel of the E-Pace, which had to go through “minor safety modifications” like the fitment of a bespoke roll cage.

The crossover’s splashy introduction follows the equally spectacular debut of its bigger brother, the F-Pace. In 2015, the very same Terry Grant managed to perform a record-breaking 360-degree, 19.08-meter loop:


Seeing as how Jaguar has developed a habit of introducing its crossovers with much fanfare, we can’t help but wonder what it has in store for the forthcoming electric I-Pace. We won’t have to wait much longer as the zero-emissions CUV is likely destined to show up in production metal either in September in Frankfurt or early December in Los Angeles.

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Behind The Scenes: How Jaguar Achieved a Barrel Roll With New E-PACE SUV

documentary offering viewers the chance to see how its engineers brought a perilous barrel roll stunt from concept to reality. 

The stunt, which was six months in the making, was over in just 1.5 seconds when the E-PACE was revealed to the world at London’s ExCeL on Thursday 13th July. Jaguar leapt into GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ history with its new performance SUV for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle. Over a million people* watched the stunt within the first week online. 

The film documents the challenges the engineers and stunt team encountered to ensure the 270-degree, 15.3-metre long barrel roll was completed successfully, as well as recording the computer-generated data that kicked off the development of the stunt. 

The E-PACE withstood an impressive 33 test jumps, with only minor safety modifications – including the fitment of a roll cage –made to the vehicle. Its strong and stiff body, which is comprised of boron steel and aluminium, ensured the car easily withstood the extreme durability testing.

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat, compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

The E-PACE is the newest member of Jaguar’s SUV family, joining the ground-breaking all-electric I-PACE Concept and the 2017 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-PACE