Two pinnacles of British automotive engineering and design, Jaguar and the Bloodhound SCC World Land Speed Record project, will be showing off their partnership at the Festival of Speed this month with a Bloodhound-liveried Jaguar F-Type R AWD. The F-Type R is described as a rapid response support vehicle for the record challenger. Under normal circumstances, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8-engined car would be hard to outpace, but the Bloodhound somewhat outstrips it, with 135,000bhp on tap.
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.
Slightly more prosaic, but no less attractive a proposition, the new Jaguar XF makes its UK debut at Festival of Speed, with a host of additional technology including full-LED headlights, a laser head-up display which delivers high-contrast colour images, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue-assist, lane keep-assist, intelligent speed limiter and semi-automated parking. As you’d expect, it’s lighter and more efficient.
Of course, Jaguar at Goodwood also means a wealth of heritage models, including a 1966 XJ13, 1974 Group 44 E-Type, 1956 long-nose D-Type, 1984 Spa-winning TWR XJS and 1976 Broadspeed XJ12C which, in Jaguar’s words, was ‘Always spectacular, often fast, but usually denied the reliability – or luck – needed to stay the course’.