Jaguar has released a short behind-the-scenes 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.
It’s in an engineer’s nature to want to continually improve. We asked ourselves ‘how do we better the F-PACE loop’, which was spectacular. The next natural evolution for Jaguar was to push the car to leave the ground.
— Graham Wilkins, Chief Engineer of the Jaguar E-PACE
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 aluminum, ensured the car easily withstood the extreme durability testing.
The feat, inspired by cinema’s most iconic car stunt, was overseen by experienced stunt personnel, including veteran stunt coordinator Gary Powell and Terry Grant, the stuntman behind the wheel and holder of a further 21 ‘officially-amazing’ GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles. These include the spectacular GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title setting loop-the- loop in 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y64JhPtpicA
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. 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.
— Terry Grant, Stunt Driver
Note: Press release courtesy of Jaguar Cars.