The new Jaguar E-Pace has rotated its way into the record books with a 270-degree, 15.3-metre flying barrel roll.
The stunt took place at the Excel centre in London, taking a 160 metre long run up to build up speed for the 15 metre jump. Stunt driver Terry Grant was behind the wheel for the trick, which was verified by Guinness World Records.
The stunt took inspiration from the famous barrel roll that takes place in James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. The E-pace was launched off a metal ramp one side, with a softer dirt bank on the other side cushioning the car’s landing. Both ramps were computer designed, and the precise launch speed calculated to ensure both the car and Grant survived intact.
The car and driver set the record for the furthest barrel roll completed in a production vehicle, and months of testing was completed in order for the jump to run smoothly.
Grant was also behind the wheel for Jaguar’s last world record stunt: a 19.08-metre-high loop the loop completed at the launch of the Jaguar F-Pace in 2015. That set the record as the tallest loop the loop completed in a production car. During that stunt, Grant experienced 6.5G, compared with the 5.5G he experienced during the barrel roll.