Jaguar I-Pace Bizarrely Locks Up Front Wheel During Moose Test

The fabled moose test consistently uncovers the weaknesses of many vehicles on the market and has done just that with the Jaguar I-Pace.

One could consider the Jaguar I-Pace as having an advantage over many other vehicles because it is an EV with much of its weight in the floor, resulting in a lower center-of-gravity than some ICE alternatives. While this allows the electric crossover to corner very flat, a recent moose test featuring the I-Pace revealed an issue with its ESC system.

In all tests conducted, the I-Pace would breeze through the first left-hand turn of the maneuver before coming undone when the driver suddenly rotates the wheel to the right, triggering the stability control system to lock up the driver-side front wheel and slide for a number of meters. This meant the I-Pace was unable to complete the moose test without hitting the cones.

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That’s a bad result for any vehicle, particularly one as expensive and premium as the I-Pace.

It would seem as though the issue lies in how the electronic stability control system has been programmed. The system should intervene in such driving scenarios but it shouldn’t lock up a wheel resulting in an uncontrollable slide. Jaguar hasn’t commented on the results although the ability for the car to be updated over-the-air could mean the British company simply needs to develop and roll out an update to prevent the ESC from behaving this way in the future.


  • Howfarr

    Just writing its name on the floor

  • TheBelltower

    A Swedish test spoken in a Spanish video on an English speaking website. Brilliant.

    • Finkployd

      … of an Indian car assembled in Austria

      • dumblikeyou2

        ….designed by British engineers in a studio on British soil

        • Porkopolis

          …who never grew up in the UK and only moved to Britain when they finished university.

          • Jason Panamera

            And it is electric Jaguar’s roar.

    • McFly

      An English translation of a German term for a Swedish test spoken in a…

  • Porkopolis

    Devil’s advocate: Was it performing as intended?
    Are the car’s bumper radar sensors tied in with the various traction/ stability control systems, and was it therefore trying to avoid the cones while it knew it was in a skid scenario?
    I can’t imagine the moose test overloaded its processor to such an extent. I dunno.

    • pcurve

      it should not have completely locked up front wheel like that. When that happens, car stops rotating and you lose control. It basically behaved as if some of the wheels didn’t have ABS.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I’m pretty sure the spokesman mentions arroz con pollo at one point. Mmm, chicken and rice.

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      And I’m pretty sure your blatant ignorance and Anglo-centrism induce casual racism to your comments.

      • dumblikeyou2

        Time for your meds, Rimas.

        Anglo Centerism

  • Stephen G

    Maybe someone could explain to me how stability control system programs can be different. Isn’t there just one program that does the same thing on every car?

    • Matt

      It depends entirely on the application and all the different factors unique to each car model. Things like weight of the car, weight distribution, and the intended purpose of the car. For example: A safe family EV would get a more aggressive stability program, where a track-focused performance car might have a more ‘gentle’ program that isn’t designed to lock up.

  • why are they doing a moose test, in a country without mooses…fake news

  • Alduin

    Meh who cares this thing is a massive fail anyways. Jaguar and electric=Spells disaster.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Typical British eccentricity and originality. They love to distinguish themselves everywhere they go.

  • Jason Panamera

    Okay. I see jaguar but where is moose ?

  • Craig

    If only moose [meese?] knew just how much we care!

    • enthusia


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