Jaguar reveals grueling test regime for new E-Pace

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The 25-month test program for the new Jaguar E-Pace, which involved more than 150 prototypes, took the team to four continents. The vehicle was forced to battle temperatures of -40°C in the Arctic Circle as well as dust and 48°C heat in Dubai.

More than 400 runs also took place on the Nürburgring in Germany, with additional tests on the high-speed test track at Nardo, Italy. It also braved high altitudes of 5,000ft above sea level and rivers found in China’s most remote provinces.

At the JLR facility in Gaydon in the UK, the E-Pace was subjected to the company’s special wading test. Engineers drove the E-Pace to the center of a 0.5m deep pool of water. The engine was then switched off, and all the doors were opened and left for an hour, before the car was successfully started back up and driven out.

In total, the team – which included more than 500 engineers – performed more than 120,000 hours of testing.

The final test will take place on Thursday, July 13, and will be available to watch on the ATTI website.

July 5, 2017

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive, marine and entertainment divisions. Currently editor of Automotive Testing Technology International, Crash Test Technology International and Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as co-chairman of the annual Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards and can be found sniffing out stories throughout the halls of several of UKI's industry-leading expo events.

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