As we previously reported, Jaguar is supporting Bloodhound SSC team to reach their dream of setting a new land speed record. The British manufacturer announced that it will help the scientists and engineers test different equipment for the record vehicle Bloodhound SSC.
One of two XJRs being provided for the record attempts will be on show at the festival and will also take part in the First Glance hill run on Saturday 27 June 2015 with current world land speed record holder and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green at the wheel.
The two new additions to Bloodhound’s fleet are the latest creation of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and are wrapped in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colours. Just to let you know that are contributing to reaching 1600 km/h.
Jaguar Land Rover SVO engineers removed the rear seats of the XJR and fitted a roll-cage along with specially-made housings to carry tools supplied by British manufacturer Angloco, which include a bespoke foam misting cylinder, a hydraulic pump, motor and hose.
Essential in the South African Haakskeen Pan, the Bloodhound team will use the RRVs throughout all high speed tests and world land speed record attempts to provide vital services for Andy Green. It is also a solution for keeping essential personnel and equipment close to Bloodhound at all times – the XJR has a spacious cabin and it’s 5.0-litre V8 550PS Supercharged petrol engine takes it from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 174mph.
Jaguar has supported three world land speed record attempts to date, with the provision of Rapid Response Vehicles for Richard Noble’s attempt in 1983 when the company provided an XJ12 for Richard Noble to break the record in Thrust 2, and an XJR in 1997 for Andy Green’s Thrust SSC.