The new SUV bagged a Guinness record for the furthest barrel roll in a production car
A Range Rover is indisputably one of the toughest and most capable off-roaders in the world. It’s a formidable machine that can scale mountains, ford rivers and work its way out of a sand pit like a world mud-wrestling champion.
So when it came to its more refined sibling Jaguar, one-half of the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) parent company, fans of the brand were sceptical of its foray into the SUV world. Last year, Jaguar made its first-ever SUV, the F-Pace, commercially available to customers worldwide.
The F-Pace went on to become Jaguar’s fastest-selling model. Now, it’s set to introduce an all-new smaller compact crossover called the E-Pace. True, that you can’t treat Jaguar’s SUVs as rough as you would a Range Rover, but they’re no pushovers either. Because of the compact size, the new E-Pace is being touted as an incredibly agile SUV.
To prove a point, the team from Coventry took the E-Pace and set a worthy world record. Last week, stunt driver Terry Grant took the E-Pace and broke a Guinness World Record for the ‘Furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.’
Grant revved up the E-Pace in a 160-run-up and then put the car into a hardly believable 270-degree corkscrew rotation covering a distance of 15.3 meters airborne. You can watch the video below.
JLR has an element of daredevilry about it. In 2015, a stunt driver drove a Jaguar XF on wires across the River Thames. Then, Jaguar took its F-Pace and broke another Guinness Record for 19-metre loop-in-loop stunt in Frankfurt. That time too, Grant was the man behind the wheel of the F-Pace.
The E-Pace is expected to go on sale starting early next year. Jaguar will follow up the E-Pace with the I-Pace, an electric SUV, that promises great things in the electric SUV space. The question is, what stunt will Jaguar look to pull off with its I-Pace to cement its legacy as a capable SUV?