Jaguar has announced the F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV – one of the cars that will support the Bloodhound world land speed record attempt.
- World debut of Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV)
- Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 405kW sports car will support the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record attempt
- Jaguar will be at the heart of Bloodhound SSC providing its 5.0-litre 405kW supercharged V8 engine to provide hydraulic services to the car and drive the rocket’s oxidiser pump
The Bloodhound F-TYPE R is the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and is wrapped in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colours. Set to be unveiled at the Coventry Motofest, in the UK, later this month, the car will make its way to South Africa for the Bloodhound SSC record attempt in September.
As Technical Partner to Bloodhound SSC, Jaguar is supplying engines, engineering expertise and a number of support vehicles for the attempt to break the world land speed record. The F-TYPE R AWD has already fulfilled a critical role in the development of the Bloodhound SSC with a communications test back in November 2014.
Fitted with the same radio equipment as the rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC, the F-TYPE was driven head-to-head at top speed with a similarly-equipped jet flown at 500 knots and just 20 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of more than 1 100km/h enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC.
Bloodhound SSC is also fitted with the same 405kW supercharged V8 engine found in the Jaguar F-TYPE R. The engine powers the supersonic car’s hydraulic systems, as well as pumping high-test peroxide fuel into its rocket boosters.