New Jaguar E-PACE rolls into record books

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS -

The new Jaguar E-PACE has set an of­fi­cial Guin­ness World Records ti­tle dur­ing its world pre­miere. The com­pact per­for­mance SUV leaped into the record books with a 15.3m long jump com­plete with a 270de­gree corkscrew-like ‘bar­rel roll’.

De­mon­strat­ing the agility, pre­ci­sion and per­for­mance of Jaguar’s new­est SUV, the feat was the fi­nal test for E-PACE af­ter 25 gru­elling months of work across four con­ti­nents to en­sure ex­treme dura­bil­ity and that it lived up to Jaguar’s Art of Per­for­mance phi­los­o­phy.

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

Trade­mark Jaguar driv­ing dy­nam­ics and de­sign put the brand’s sports car DNA in a prac­ti­cal de­sign packed with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies to keep you con­nected.

The E-PACE is the new­est mem­ber of Jaguar’s SUV fam­ily, join­ing the ground-break­ing al­l­elec­tric I-PACE Con­cept and the 2017 World Car of the Year, the Jaguar F-PACE, which was it­self launched with a spec­tac­u­lar Guin­ness World Records set­ting loop-the-loop in 2015. The ex­te­rior de­sign is in­spired by the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car and char­ac­terised 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. The Jaguar sports car DNA is also ev­i­dent in the fast sweep of the roofline and the dis­tinc­tive side win­dow graphic.

Ian Callum, direc­tor of De­sign, Jaguar, said, “Es­tab­lished Jaguar de­sign prin­ci­ples en­sure that the E-PACE is im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able 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.”

The E-PACE com­pleted its world record jump at Ex­CeL in Lon­don, one of only a hand­ful of venues in the UK big enough to ac­com­mo­date the 160m run-up and run-off vi­tal for the 15m leap. Be­hind the wheel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has com­pleted stunts on many film sets and holds an im­pres­sive 21 Guin­ness World Records ti­tles. Grant 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 pre-

cisely the cor­rect speed of runup. The ramps were mod­elled ex­ten­sively us­ing CAD be­fore any jumps took place. Grant ex­pe­ri­enced a G-Force of 5.5 dur- ing the 270 de­gree twist and re­quired a 160m run up to hit the air at the cor­rect speed.

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 Grant and Jaguar for set­ting an­other epic Guin­ness World Records ti­tle.”

The re­veal of the E-PACE was fol­lowed by a spec­tac­u­lar mu­si­cal per­for­mance by Pete Tong and The Her­itage Orches­tra who pre­sented the now leg­endary Ibiza Clas­sics. As a cel­e­bra­tion of the new Jaguar E-PACE, Pete col­lab­o­rated with singer-song­writer Raye to per­form ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Jax Jones, a hit fea­tur­ing Raye that has over 230mn plays on Spo­tify and over 130mn YouTube views.

Pete Tong said, “I’ve been work­ing with the Her­itage Orches­tra for the past cou­ple of years but this is the first time I've been in­volved in some­thing like this; it's very ex­cit­ing and I'm glad to be a part of it! Jaguar break­ing the Guin­ness World Record for the bar­rel roll was mind-blow­ing.

“This cre­ative ap­proach to re­veal­ing the new Jaguar E-PACE was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween my­self and Raye and we are now plan­ning to put the track on my new

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