Visitors at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb (14 – 17 May) will not only see and hear the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé – officially the fastest car in South Africa – but also the fastest car in the world: the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC).
- Bloodhound SSC cutaway to give attendees a glimpse of Andy Green’s car
- Simulation game lets public attempt a supersonic run of their own
- Jaguar F-TYPE supercharged V8 engine used in Bloodhound SSC
Jaguar will showcase not only British engineering, but also the technology behind world’s most ambitious land-speed record attempt.
“When we say racing is in our blood, we really mean it,” says Lisa Mallett, Marketing and Communications Director, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “And what says ‘racing’ more than the fastest car in the world? It’s hugely exciting to show the public our involvement with this project.”
Spectators at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will be able to visit the Bloodhound SSC exhibit and see a 1:1 scale cutaway model of the car that will attempt to break the 1 000 mile per hour mark (1 610km/h). At 13.47 metres long, and three metres to the top of the tailfin, visitors will be able to get a sense of the size of Bloodhound SSC. The cutaway will also allow for a glimpse of the supersonic car’s innards, including the fuel tanks, cockpit, and the Jaguar F-TYPE R engine that is used to high-test peroxide fuel to rocket engine. Additionally, one of the 95kg aluminium wheels that will be fitted to Bloodhound SSC will also be on show.
The Bloodhound Driving Experience is a computer simulation that offers lucky participants the option of experiencing the complexity and responsibility that comes with being at the helm of the world’s fastest car. They will be able to go through the same checks and procedures that Sir Andy Green will conduct for his high-speed runs. This includes accelerating to 320km/h; priming rocket boosters that deploy at 640km/h; and virtually experiencing acceleration of 85km/h per second. Simulation participants will also have to slow down the vehicle using airbrakes, a parachute, and finally the front wheel brakes.
Successfully completing the two-minute virtual Bloodhound SSC experience will earn players a certificate of participation, while those who post the fastest times will walk away with posters signed by Sir Andy Green himself.
The 2015 Jaguar Simola Hill Climb takes place between 14 and 17 May at the Simola Road in Knysna. Tickets are R80 per person, per day for adults and R50 per child (3 – 11 years old). Pit access tickets are R100 per person.