Jaguar F-Type AWD heads to LA, tests with Bloodhound project
The Bloodhound Project aims at a new world land speed record above 1,000 mph, and inspire next gen scientists and engineers. Current land speed record stands at 763.035 mph and was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC in 1997. He will drive the Bloodhound Supersonic car.
Hakskeen Pan desert’s soft surface in the Northern Cape of South Africa sees AWD F-TYPE R Coupe reach 60 mph in 3.9-seconds (limited top speed of 186 mph) to complete a communications test for the jet and rocket powered Bloodhound SSC team. Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar says the target result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in varied weather and road conditions.
Bloodhound Project Director and former World Land Speed Record holder, Richard Noble drove the AWD F-TYPE R Coupe. He’s delighted to announce Jaguar as a Main Partner to the Bloodhound Project, and together both are developing outstanding inter-team synergy.
Fitted with radio equipment as in Bloodhound SSC, F-TYPE was driven at top speed head-to-head with a similarly equipped jet flown at 500 mph 50 feet above the ground. Combined closing speed of almost 700 mph facilitated successful testing for communications between ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC which will be ready for its maiden test at Hakskeen desert in 12 months from now.
F-TYPE range expands from 6 to 14 derivatives in 2015. The full range will debut at the LA Auto Show on 19 November. Andy Green will be at the press con to talk about technical collaboration between Jaguar and the Bloodhound Project. Before that next week, Andy Green visits India and heads to Bengaluru and Chennai to deliver the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Lord Austin Prestige Lecture on Bloodhound project.