Jaguar will be doing their bit for Queen and country by supporting a British attempt to break the world land speed record. And its also a good excuse to debut the F-Type R AWD, which is an F-Type R with all-wheel-drive.
Jaguar’s 5.0-litre, 542bhp supercharged V8 will be the familiar heart and soul of the F-Type R AWD, it will be used as a support car by the Bloodhound SSC team and will debut at the less than glamorous sounding Coventry MotoFest on May 30th.
The Bloodhound SSC is a rocket powered car and Jaguar’s Supercharged V8 engine is designed to be used as a fuel pump, which puts into perspective the scale of ambition that goes into attempting the world land speed record. But at least the pace car is wrapped in a rather fetching livery.
Jaguar is both an official technical partner and supplier of engines and also supplies a number of support vehicles to the Bloodhound team.
The British built Bloodhound supersonic car is aiming at speeds of up to 1,000mph and possibly beyond. You may be thinking the Jag F-Type R is powerful and it is, but when you consider the Bloodhound has 135,000 bhp the comparisons are all but pointless.
The Bloodhound SSC car has been several years in development and will make the attempt sometime this year on salt flats in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa where a track 12 miles (19 km) long, 2 miles (3.2 km) wide where locals cleared 15,000 tonnes of stones by hand.
Its kind of ironic, the advanced technology that has gone into the Bloodhound is still not as advanced as human hand eye co-ordination and cheap labour.
However no official date has been confirmed. Watch the video below for interesting facts.