The crossover was launched 50 feet into the air during the daring 270-degree corkscrew jump.
The car corkscrew in the 1974 James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, in which Bond flips over a broken bridge in an AMC Hornet, is one of the most iconic movie car stunts of all time. Not only is it one of the most insanely dangerous stunts ever performed in a car, it was also the first car stunt planned with computer modelling. Miraculously, the barrel roll was executed successfully first take. Over 40 years later, Jaguar has recreated the iconic stunt with the new E-Pace, performing a record-breaking barrel roll at this week’s UK launch event.
Behind the wheel was stunt driver Terry Grant, who has performed various car stunts in movies and has 22 Guinness World Records to his name. Staggeringly, the 270-degree corkscrew jump launched the crossover 50 feet into the air, setting a new Guiness World Record for the "Furthest Barrel Roll in a Production Vehicle.
“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," Grant said. For safety, the E-Pace was fitted with a racing seat, harness and rollcage. Grant also performed a similar stunt for the launch of the F-Pace with a record-setting loop the loop. He experienced 5.5 Gs of force during the jump and required a 160 meter run up to hit the ramp at the right speed – the London ExCeL centre was one of few venues in the UK that had a long enough run-up and run-off. Unsurprisingly, the stunt required months of meticulous planning and was computer modelled before it was attempted for real.