Jaguar has unveiled the F-TYPE response vehicle which will support the British world land speed record attempt later this year.
The Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) will make its world debut at Coventry MotoFest (May 31-31).
It’s the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and is clothed in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colours.
As Technical Partner of 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 almost 700mph enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC.
Joining the Bloodhound F-TYPE at Coventry MotoFest will be a star line-up of Jaguar heritage vehicles, including a 1956 D-type Long Nose and the stunning 1966 XJ13 – the only one of its kind in existence.
A 1974 Group 44 E-type, a 1976 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupé and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 will also see action over the weekend, while a 1938 SS 100 will be on static display to visitors.