The Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle was unveiled last weekend at the Coventry MotoFest, showing Jaguar’s support for the Bloodhound SSC team’s attempt to shatter the Land Speed Record.
The latest project from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, the Bloodhound F-TYPE R AWD will be powered by a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 550HP engine and is dressed in a bespoke livery created by the Jaguar Design team featuring the Bloodhound SSC colours.
Jaguar is the Technical Partner of Bloodhound SSC and will be supplying engines, engineering expertise and a fleet of support vehicles for the attempt at the world land speed record. The F-TYPE R AWD has already filled a vital role in the development of the Bloodhound SSC after taking part in a communications test in November 2014.
During the communications test, the F-TYPE AWD R was fitted with the same radio equipment as the rocket powered Bloodhound SSC. Driven at top speed, head-to-head with a similarly equipped jet flying at 500 knots at just 20 feet above the ground, the combined closing speed was over 700mph! Bloodhound SSC were able to confirm that the equipment will allow for communication between the ground crew and pilot Andy Green in the Bloodhound SCC when it is travelling at record breaking speeds.
Bloodhound SSC Chief Engineer, Mark Chapman said: “It was hugely exciting to be part of the launch of the Bloodhound F-TYPE, which will be the support vehicle for our team when we go to the desert in 2016. The F-TYPE looks and sounds phenomenal, but crucially, the engine in this car is the one we use to pump fuel for our Bloodhound SSC rocket that will go to 1,000mph.”
The 2015 Coventry MotoFest was bigger than ever with numerous attractions and gigs taking place throughout the day. The Coventry ring road was closed to public traffic, instead playing host to a number of motorsport activities, including laps from the Bloodhound F-TYPE and a preview of Jaguar’s activities at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – with some of the most iconic cars from Jaguar’s rich heritage on display.
The F-TYPE was joined by a star studded line-up of Jaguar heritage vehicles including a 1956 D-Type Long Nose and a stunning 1966 XJ13 – the only one of its kind in the world. A 1974 Group 44 E-Type, a 1976 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupe and the 1988 Le-Mans winning XJR-9LM also performed laps, while a 1938 SS 100 was on static display.
Winner of Le Mans 24 Hours in 1988, Andy Wallace, who drove the magnificent XJR-9LM on the day, said: “It’s wonderful to be here at the Coventry MotoFest celebrating 80 years of the Jaguar brand, and even more wonderful to be driving the car I won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 27 years ago. It seems just like yesterday actually, but every time you get back in the old girl it’s just a wonderful feeling. What an amazing racing car.”