Jaguar unveils new E-Pace, sets Guinness World Record
Published: 3:25 PM, July 16, 2017
Updated: 3:32 PM, July 16, 2017
LONDON — It’s not often that Guinness World Records are set during the launch of a new car, but moments after the new Jaguar E-Pace was unveiled in London on Thursday (July 13), it leapt into the Guinness World Records by making a 15.3m-long jump, complete with a 270-degree “barrel roll”.
Behind the wheel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has completed stunts on many film sets and holds an impressive 21 world records.
“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 Grant, who also drove the Jaguar F-Pace in a record-breaking loop-the-loop in 2015.
Not surprisingly, the barrel roll is not one to be tried at home: Grant did months of testing and analysis to fine-tune the stunt, including getting the correct speed and ramps.
The Jaguar E-Pace is a five-seat, compact SUV that the automaker said “packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle”.