Today, the new all-wheel-drive Jaguar F-Type R Coup—— ensured the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record programme passed a significant high-speed testing milestone.
Fitted with the same radio equipment as the jet and rocket powered Bloodhound SSC, the F-Type was driven head-to-head at 300 kph with a similarly equipped jet flown at over 800 kph and just 50 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of almost 1125 kph enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC, which will run for the first time on the Hakskeen desert in just a year from now.
On the relatively soft surface of the Hakskeen Pan desert in the Northern Cape of South Africa, the car reached 100 kph in just 3.9 seconds with a limited top speed of 300 kph. The test marks the start of a major technical partnership between Jaguar and The Bloodhound Project, with the ultimate aim of raising the world land speed record above 1,000 mph (1,600 kph). The current record stands at 763.035 mph (1,227 kph) and was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC in 1997. Andy will also drive the Bloodhound Supersonic car to try and set the new land speed record.