When it comes to cars, many people are obsessed with more than just looks — they love the thrill of the speed that comes with them. Whether it’s manufacturers, hobbyists or car owners, people are always trying to make vehicles go faster, and finding new and improved ways to break different speed records and make new ones.
Last November, Jaguar announced their new, all-wheel-drive, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe helped the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record program to pass a significant high-speed testing milestone, as part of a new, major technical partnership between the manufacturer and the program. The Bloodhound SSC claims the ultimate aim, with a goal of raising the world land speed record above 1000 mph, as well as to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The world’s current record is held by Andy Green, who reached a speed of 763.065 mph in the Thrust SSC in 1997. At the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow, Jaguar showcased their Bloodhound SSC, an AWD F-Type R Coupe that boasts a dynamic ability to reach 60mph in 3.9 seconds. “Our target with engineering the all-wheel drive F-TYPE was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability,” said Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director for Jaguar in an article for Bloodhound SSC in November. “The result is a controllable, exploitable and blisteringly fast performance car in all weather and road conditions.” The specks of the F-Type are impressive, with the vehicle being made containing the same radio equipment as the rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC. The vehicle was driven head-to-head with a similarly equipped jet flying at 500 knots, 50 feet above the ground. This test drive saw a combined closing speed of nearly 700 mph, and proved communications between the ground crew and Andy Green will be successful. The Jaguar’s F-Type Bloodhound SSC was pretty impressive as well, with several enhancements made to the range of the vehicle, including all-wheel-drive. The vehicle on display was gorgeous, and while unfortunately it was not possible to actually get inside the Bloodhound and check it out. The Bloodhound SSC will complete it’s run next fall, in order to attempt to break the speed record previously set in 1997. To check out the promotional video for the partnership, and to find out more on the project visit http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/sponsors/jaguar. Written by Tabitha Wells