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Jaguar F-Type R AWD to support Bloodhound record run

Auto Express logo Auto Express 20/05/2015 Lawrence Allan
Jaguar F-Type Coupe support car © Auto Express Jaguar F-Type Coupe support car

You might think that the Jaguar F-Type R AWD is fast, but 1,000mph is a tough ask - even for a 542bhp V8. This summer the F-Type will be the official rapid response car for the Bloodhound SSC land-speed record attempt.

The all-wheel drive F-Type ‘RRV’ Bloodhound support car will take to the stage at this year’s Coventry Motofest on the 30th of May. It sports a distinctive blue and orange livery, bright orange wheels and even tangerine brake calipers.

Underneath the 542bhp 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is unchanged, but shares more than a little with the complex Bloodhound vehicle. That’s because Jaguar has supplied the same engine in the SSC to power the various hydraulic motors and its huge rocket fuel pump.

The F-Type’s searing pace has already come in handy during Bloodhound’s communications testing. The Mercedes-AMG GT rival was driven towards a jet flying the other way at 500 knots and just 20 feet above the ground, creating a closing speed of 700mph to ensure vital systems could function.

Jaguar is Technical Partner of the Bloodhound SSC team, and has already supplied vehicles, components and tech to help the team achieve its 1,000mph target. Various Jaguar Heritage vehicles will be on display at the Coventry show, including a 1956 D-Type Long Nose and a one-off 1966 XJ13.

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