The first ever SUV from British luxury marquee Jaguar has been officially introduced in front of the audience at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show and the brand has decided to celebrate in style.
In order to showcase the model’s abilities, the company has decided to put it through its pace (pun intended) and see if it can “loop the loop” – but they also decided it should be the largest ever 360-degree loop at 19.08-meter. While the figure might not sound overly impressive in these days of computer generated image blockbusters – such as the NFS movie or the Furious franchise – you should know that in the process both the car and the stunt driver withstood extreme forces of 6.5Gs (6.5 times the mass) – professional driver Terry Grant even had to train for two months to go through it, the company claiming the forces are higher than the ones supported by astronauts.
“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. This is a car for people who love driving, who love design and who love technology – this is the ultimate practical sports car,” comments Ian Callum, the brand’s design director.
Also, a team of experts (structural engineers, mathematicians and safety experts, etc.) had to plan everything precisely – from physics to angles, speeds and dimensions in order to make sure the feat will go down in history as a successful Guinness World Record attempt. The courageous feat was also supported by the launch of the “First Edition” F-Pace limited series with 2,000 units. The model is available either with the 380 PS supercharged V6 engine or the 300 PS V6 turbodiesel and two special exterior shades: Caesium Blue and Halcyon Gold, both in a nod to the C-X17 concepts showcased during the 2013 IAA and at Guangzhou Motor Show.