Behind the scenes of Jaguar’s E-PACE barrel roll stunt

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VIDEO So, as stunts go, Jaguar’s ‘barrel roll’ at the launch of its new E-PACE SUV is pretty darn good. There was no fudging, they actually went for it and now have an entry in the Guiness Book of Records for the 15.3 metre-long jump complete with a 270-degree corkscrew-like roll.

At the wheel of the E-PACE was stunt driver Terry Grant. He said, “As far as I am aware no production car has ever cleanly completed a bona-fide barrel roll and it has always been an ambition of mine to perform one.” Terry was the driver of the bigger Jaguar F-PACE SUV when it performed a loop at its launch.

Jaguar has now released a short film, detailing the behind-the-scenes story of the E-PACE stunt:

Six months of testing and analysis, and 33 test jumps, went into the preparation. The actual jump took just 1.5 seconds when it was performed live at London ExCel exhibition halls on 13 July. The only modifications to the car were for safety including fitting a roll-cage.

Note: ‘Barrel roll’ is so-called because it’s like rolling around the inside of a barrel. It’s a relatively easy manouevre for aerobatic aeroplanes but also one of the most exciting. First, you have to get the aircraft up to the correct entry speed, in a shallow dive if necessary. Pull the control stick back to bring the nose up to about a 30-degree angle, pause for a second, then move the control stick to one side to operate the ailerons and start the roll. As the aircraft rolls, you’re still moving forwards of course so it’s really a corkscrew motion. However, inside the aircraft it feels like a roll, especially when you’re upside-down at the top of the roll. As you come the other side, be prepared to stop the roll as you level out with a quick movement of the stick to the centre position to neutralise the ailerons. If you’ve done it perfectly, you should be at the same height and same heading as when you started.

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