‘BABY DRIVER’ ANSEL ELGORT TESTS SKILL IN ELECTRIC JAGUAR I-PACE AHEAD OF US DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

26 March 2018

Hollywood actor Ansel Elgort has put his driving skills to the test behind the wheel of the all-electric I-PACE in the Jaguar Smart Cone Challenge

  • Ansel Elgort, Hollywood actor and star of Baby Driver, tests driving skills in Jaguar’s Smart Cone challenge
  • Jaguar Smart Cone challenge showcases speed and agility of I-PACE with 400PS, 696Nm of torque and 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Challenge took place at Seret Studios in Brooklyn ahead of I-PACE’s North American debut at New York International Auto Show
  • Jaguar I-PACE is on sale now and priced from £63,495* in the UK; customers can configure their I-PACE at www.jaguar.com
    *Excluding government incentives
  • Watch Ansel’s Smart Cone skills here

The Baby Driver star got a taste of the all-wheel drive agility and instant torque of Jaguar’s first electric vehicle (EV) in his native New York. With 400PS and 696Nm of torque, I-PACE offers acceleration from 0-60mph in as little as 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!

Ansel Elgort
‘BABY DRIVER’ ANSEL ELGORT TESTS SKILL IN ELECTRIC JAGUAR I-PACE AHEAD OF US DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
‘BABY DRIVER’ ANSEL ELGORT TESTS SKILL IN ELECTRIC JAGUAR I-PACE AHEAD OF US DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW
‘BABY DRIVER’ ANSEL ELGORT TESTS SKILL IN ELECTRIC JAGUAR I-PACE AHEAD OF US DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

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 an exceptional 470km range (WLTP), the I-PACE delivers engaging driving dynamics, everyday usability and comfort, with a unique 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 both incredible ride comfort and the extra stiffness needed during dynamic driving, ensuring excellent 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 470km range (WLTP) and zero emissions, this is the ultimate performance SUV.

Mike Cross
Jaguar Chief Engineer
‘BABY DRIVER’ ANSEL ELGORT TESTS SKILL IN ELECTRIC JAGUAR I-PACE AHEAD OF US DEBUT AT NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

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.

The Jaguar I-PACE is available now, priced from £63,495*.

*Excluding government incentives

Further information

For more information on the Jaguar I-PACE: www.jaguar.com  

Notes to Editors

About Jaguar

Jaguar’s heritage of elegant design and breathtaking performance has excited and delighted the world for 80 years. Today’s world-class Jaguar family embodies the Art of Performance, with the remarkable, much admired and award-winning XE, XF and XJ saloons, the dramatic F-TYPE sports car, the F-PACE performance crossover – the fastest-selling Jaguar ever, the new E-PACE compact performance SUV and now I-PACE, the all-electric performance SUV that puts Jaguar at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.