Today, above London, England’s Canary Wharf, the new 2016 Jaguar XF performed the world’s longest high-wire crossing. If this is not the most exciting unveiling of a new car in recent history, then we are at a loss. The stunt itself can be viewed above, but skip to 4:00 if you’d like to get right to the high-wire crossing itself.
In the driver’s seat of the XF was Jim Dowdall, a Hollywood stuntman who has appeared in film series such as Bourne, Indiana Jones and James Bond.
“Over my 35 years in the industry I’ve driven Jaguars on many Hollywood movie sets. However the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements,” said Dowdall on the high-wire reveal of the XF. “Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34mm in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control.”
The reason for this breathtaking stunt was to show off the XF’s weight loss.
While the 2016 Jaguar XF may look similar, its innerworkings are where the difference is made. Thanks to a new aluminum body, it now weighs 419 lbs less than its predecessor. Not only does this lower weight improve handling, it also increase its fuel efficiency up to 70 mpg.
Jaguar will be making its way to America at the New York International Auto Show come April 1.