Jaguar’s first family sports car has defied gravity by performing a record-breaking 360 degree loop, one day ahead of its global motor show debut in Frankfurt.
The all-new Jaguar F-PACE, the world’s most practical sports car, was driven with daring precision by expert British stunt driver Terry Grant. The F-PACE sped through the specially built structure, using its sports car derived technology and world-class collection of safety features to complete the record loop and officially signal the opening of order books worldwide
“The Jaguar F-PACE is an SUV with the soul of a sports car. When we created this car we thought differently; we took a Jaguar sports car and made it family friendly. The F-PACE exudes performance yet you can fit five people and all their belongings in it,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar. “This is a car for people who love driving, who love design and who love technology – this is the ultimate practical sports car.”
The extraordinary feat showcased the powerful design of the lightweight F-PACE and its ability to combine agility with sports car speed and performance.
“The F-PACE is a family car that is fast, fun and full of charisma, so completing the world’s largest loop the loop was the perfect reveal moment,” said Fiona Pargeter, Global PR Communications Director, Jaguar Land Rover. “The F-PACE is packed full of innovative technology and features the world’s most-advanced in-car entertainment system. Customers are going to go loopy for the Jaguar F-PACE.”
Pro Driver Terry Grant undertook two months of intense physical and dietary training to ensure his body was prepared for the 6.5G forces experienced during this unveiling – greater than the loads experienced by space shuttle pilots during lift-off.
Months of planning went in to ensuring that both car and driver could complete this never-before-done challenge. Precise physics, angles, speeds and dimensions were considered by a team of experts including structural engineers, mathematicians and safety experts.
“Driving the world’s largest loop tonight was a very proud moment in my career. The F-PACE’s supreme performance credentials and rigid lightweight structure gave me complete confidence that I had the strength and driving agility needed,” said Terry Grant. “I am delighted to bring the Guinness World Record back to the UK and help Jaguar run rings around their competitors ahead of the motor show tomorrow.”
First Edition: Concept car design for the real world
To celebrate the launch of the all-new F-PACE, a special model called the First Edition will be available in strictly limited numbers and in the first year of production only. Powered exclusively by the 280kW supercharged V6 petrol and 220kW V6 diesel engines, the First Edition is distinguished by two unique metallic paint colours – Caesium Blue and Halcyon Gold; clear references to the breakthrough C-X17 concepts unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt and Guangzhou Motor Shows.
Customers can also choose from Rhodium Silver and Ultimate Black. Further highlights include 22-inch Double Helix 15-spoke wheels with Grey finish and contrast inserts, Adaptive Dynamics, full-LED headlights, Gloss Black fender vents and a sliding panoramic roof.
Inside, the Windsor soft-grain leather seats in Light Oyster feature twin-needle stitching and an embossed houndstooth pattern influenced by the C-X17’s award-winning interior. The traditional Jaguar craftsmanship blends seamlessly with the configurable 10-colour ambient lighting, state-of-the-art InControl Touch Pro infotainment system and the 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster.
The all-new F-PACE is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s UK Solihull Plant alongside the Jaguar XE sports sedan.
Watch the F-PACE’s world record debut here: https://youtu.be/za7hdvKeHiE