Watch: 2016 Jaguar XF Crosses River Thames on High Wire

Yesterday above London’s Canary Wharf, the new 2016 Jaguar XF performed the world’s longest high-wire crossing, and did so over the River Thames.

To put the stunt in context, the focus was the car’s weight loss with the new Jaguar XF shedding 90kg via a new aluminium frame. Not only does the weight reduction improve handling, it also increases the cars fuel efficiency up to 70mpg. In the driver’s seat of the XF was Jim Dowdall, a Hollywood stuntman who has worked on both the Bond and Bourne franchises.

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“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.”

You can watch stunt itself via the video below with the unveiling beginning at 4mins.

Images: Birmingham Mail

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