Baby Driver Star Puts Jaguar's First Electric SUV Through Its Paces

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Allow Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort to demonstrate the handling capabilities of the Jaguar I-Pace.

Since starring in Baby Driver, actor Ansel Elgort has been a popular choice for automakers looking for celebrities to endorse newly-launched cars, having recently appeared in the Porsche Top 5 series where he got behind the wheel of the 918 Spyder. Jaguar traditionally uses movie or music stars to promote upcoming new car launch, so to help promote the I-Pace the automaker enlisted Elgort to take the electric SUV for a spin in a new promotional video ahead of its North American debut at the New York Auto Show this week.

In Baby Driver, Elgort played the role of a getaway driver and did some his own driving in the film after being taught by professional Hollywood stunt drivers. To test his skills behind the wheel and show off the handling capabilities of the I-Pace electric SUV, Jaguar set up a unique driving challenge at Seret Studios in Brooklyn.

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The challenge, dubbed the Jaguar Smart Cone Challenge, took place on a custom course using wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options provided in real time, the challenge provided a "unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions." "I've driven fast cars on set but never anything like this," said Elgort. "I-PACE's speed as soon as I hit the pedal really took me by surprise and made the challenge even more interesting. The Smart Cones look pretty simple at first, but once you're out there it's hard to anticipate where to go next…I'd love to go out and have another go!"

The Jaguar I-Pace is quite heavy, but Jaguar has optimizing the electric SUV's driving dynamics. Two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors drive the front and rear axles, enabling instant and precise torque distribution. The battery has also been placed as low as possible between the axles, providing 50:50 weight distribution and a center of gravity 130 mm lower than the F-Pace, thus reducing the body roll. Advanced double wishbone suspension also improves the ride comfort, handling, grip and steering response. It also has 220 miles of range, a combined output of 400 horsepower, and a 0-62 mph of four seconds, making it a worthy competitor to the Model X.

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