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.
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.
Gallery: 2018 Jaguar E-Pace
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