Jaguar celebrated its 80th anniversary this month, and part as part of that celebration, it decided to pull a daring maneuver with its first production family sports car, or SUV, the 2017 Jaguar F-Pace. The F-Pace was piloted by stunt driver Terry Grant around a 63-foot tall loop, setting a new Guinness world record in the process.

What did it take to accomplish this record-setting feat? Reports say that Terry trained for two months to prepare. He endured both physical and dietary training to ensure his body could handle the three-second journey around the loop, which generated a maximum of 6.5 Gs.

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Needless to say, this was an amazing accomplishment for Grant and Jaguar. Not something I expected to see Jaguar do with something like the F-pace, but that just goes to show how sporty and agile an SUV can be. It’s certainly a performance that show-goers will remember for years to come. Now that we know it can be done, Jaguar, we expect to see you conquer a double loop for your 100th anniversary.

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Press Release

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.

Jaguar F-Pace Sets World Record For Largest Ever 'Loop The Loop'
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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.

Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar said, "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."

The extraordinary feat, showcased the powerful design of the lightweight F-PACE and its ability to combine agility with sports car speed and performance.

Fiona Pargeter, Global PR Communications Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said, "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. The F-PACE is packed full of innovative technology and features the world’s most-advanced in-car entertainment system, matched with super-fast wi-fi connectivity. Customers are going to go loopy for the Jaguar F-PACE."

Jaguar F-Pace Sets World Record For Largest Ever 'Loop The Loop'
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Pro Driver Terry Grant undertook two months of intense physical and dietary training to ensure his body was prepared for the 6.5 G-Force, which is greater than the forces experienced by space shuttle pilots.

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.

Terry Grant, Legendary Stunt Driver, said, "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. 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."

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