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Hollywood actor tests all-electric Jaguar in the Smart Cone Challenge

14 April 2018

Ansel Elgort, star of Baby Driver, tests his driving skills plus the speed and agility of Jaguar’s I-PACE in a new challenge that utilises intelligent technology.


With 400PS and 696Nm of torque, the I-PACE offers acceleration from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds – allowing Ansel to prove his driving skill was more than a camera trick.

Filmed at Seret Studios in Brooklyn, ahead of the I-PACE’s North American debut at the New York International Auto Show (30 March to 8 April), the industrial, dockside location was the ideal place to demonstrate the speed and flexibility of the performance SUV.

For his role in Baby Driver, as a highly skilled getaway driver, Ansel was taught by some of the best stunt drivers in Hollywood and performed a number of stunts himself making him the perfect choice for the Jaguar Smart Cone challenge. 

“I’ve driven fast cars on set but never anything like this. I-PACE’s speed as soon as I hit the pedal really took me by surprise and made the challenge even more interesting. The Smart Cones look pretty simple at first, but once you’re out there it’s hard to anticipate where to go next…I’d love to go out and have another go!” said Ansel Elgort.

Powered by the battery, two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors drive the front and rear axles. This enables the instant and precise distribution of torque as the I-PACE continuously adapts its front-rear balance to suit road conditions.

Conceived as a high-performance EV from the outset with a 480km range (WLTP), the I-PACE delivers engaging driving dynamics, everyday usability and comfort, with a balance of ride refinement and control. Jaguar has placed the battery as low as possible between the axles, providing 50:50 weight distribution and a centre of gravity 130mm lower than the F-PACE, optimising composure and reducing body roll.

I-PACE’s advanced double wishbone front and integral link rear suspension deliver ride comfort and the extra stiffness needed during dynamic driving, ensuring top handling, grip and steering responses. The compact and lightweight suspension design features aluminium suspension links and knuckles to reduce weight, while maximising interior space.

“The Smart Cone Challenge is ideal to showcase the electric performance of the I-PACE. Offering instantaneous acceleration and precise handling, this is every bit a Jaguar. With the convenience of quick charging, a 480km range (WLTP) and zero emissions, this is the ultimate performance SUV.” Said Mike Cross, Jaguar Chief engineer.

The Smart Cone course, likened to the sports agility training game Batak, uses wireless technology to randomly illuminate pairs of cones to set out a different route each time. With millions of different potential options taking place in real time, the technology provides a unique test of driving skill, precision and reactions.

Ansel follows in the tyre tracks of fellow actor Nicholas Hoult and Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean, who have previously taken on the twists and turns of the Smart Cone Challenge in the Jaguar XF AWD R-Sport and XF respectively.

Video courtesy of Jaguar

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