Jaguar Rapid Response Vehicles for Bloodhound SSC


Jaguar further showcases its commitment as Technical and Innovation Partner to the Bloodhound Project with the world debut of its custom-built XJR Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, alongside the recently unveiled F-TYPE R AWD RRV. One of two XJRs being provided for the record attempts were on show at the festival and took part in the First Glance hill run on June 27 with current world land speed record holder and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green at the wheel.

The two new additions to Bloodhound’s fleet are the latest creation of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and are wrapped in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colors. To accommodate vital equipment in the 16MY XJRs, which will be on sale from September, Jaguar Land Rover SVO engineers removed the rear seats of the XJR and fitted a roll-cage along with specially-made housings to carry tools supplied by British manufacturer Angloco, which include a bespoke foam misting cylinder, a hydraulic pump, motor and hose.

The customised Jaguar XJR provides an ideal solution for keeping essential personnel and equipment close to Bloodhound at all times – the XJR has a spacious cabin and it’s 5.0-litre V8 550PS Supercharged petrol engine takes it from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 174mph. Jaguar has supported three world land speed record attempts to date, with the provision of Rapid Response Vehicles for Richard Noble’s attempt in 1983 when the company provided an XJ12 for Richard Noble to break the record in Thrust 2, and an XJR in 1997 for Andy Green’s Thrust SSC.

Highlights of the 16MY XJ include the new InControl Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment system offering door-to-door navigation, seamless iOS and Android connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot and 26-speaker, 1,300W Meridian Digital Reference audio system. The enhanced XJ will be available to specify with an uprated 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine developing an impressive 300PS/700Nm.

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