Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV shows up ahead of Coventry MotoFest

Article by Christian A., on May 22, 2015

At the Coventry MotoFest, Jaguar will unveil the F-Type R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a car that will support the Bloodhound world land speed record attempt. The Bloodhound F-Type R AWD is the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations and as you can see from the photos it incorporates the Bloodhound SSC colours, featuring a bespoke livery.

For those who don’t know, Jaguar is the Technical Partner of Bloodhound SSC and is supplying engines, engineering expertise as well as a number of support vehicles for the attempt to break the world land speed record. The F-Type features the same radio equipment as the rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC.

The vehicle uses the same 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine as the standard version, which produces 550 hp and 680 Nm of torque. As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed limited at 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Jaguar will be at the hearth of Bloodhound SSC, offering its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine to provide hydraulic services to the car and drive the rocket’s oxidizer pump.

Moreover, the Bloodhound F-Type will not be the only Jaguar present at the MotoFest as the British carmaker will bring many of its heritage models such as the 1956 D-Type Long Nose, the 1966 Jaguar XJ13 (the only one of its kind in existence), but also the 1974 Jaguar Group 44 E-Type.

Furthermore, MotoFest visitors will see the 1976 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupe and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9, while a 1938 SS 100 will be on static display to visitors.

Jaguar cars have been known for their sinuous, muscular elegance. Now, the new F-Type continues and evolves this tradition with its new aggressive design language. Both the profile and top-down view of the Jaguar F-Type are defined by two "heartlines," with the main theme starting in the blade dissecting the shark-like gills on the sides of the grille. Then this heartline flows up to form the sharp top crease of the fender line that provides the sight lines the driver could use during cornering maneuvers. The heartline then runs along the top of the front fender – as highlighted by the headlamp design -- then into the door and to the rear end of new F-Type where it fades away.

A feature line – running back from the side vent – mirrors this heartline. This feature line, along with the "lightcatcher" surface detailing just above the sill, lends the F-Type a sense of speed. Moreover, the lightcatcher surface detailing helps create a fuselage effect, as it allows the side of the F-Type to be wrapped by the door surface.

On the other hand, the second "heartline" bulges to form the muscular rear haunch, and then sweeps around the rear end. The rear end, meanwhile, features clean, sleek lines made partly possible by an active rear spoiler that could deploy at speed to cut down aerodynamic lift. When the F-Type goes as fast as 60 mph (and beyond), the active spoiler rises for aerodynamic effects. When the car’s speed plunges below 40 mph, the active spoiler lowers to fit flush. This spoiler is helped by other aerodynamic elements like a front splitter and a sculpted rear valance.

Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, remarked that the every dimensional aspect of a sports car allows designers to create something that excites the senses both viscerally and physically. He remarked that he defines sports car design as fit for purpose, wrapping up its occupants and mechanicals in the most exciting and sensual package sans any unneeded adornment. Callum quipped that since a piece of design tells a story, every line in the F-Type has a start, a direction and a conclusion. He noted that by approaching every individual line, getting it as visually beautiful as possible and getting the dimensions right, it will be able to “stand the test of time."

The new F-Type features headlights running vertically instead of horizontally. This design allows the headlights to draw the eye naturally up and along the fender crease. Since these headlights employ compact xenon units, only one projector is needed. Furthermore, the J-Blade LED running lights emphasize the design of the heartline that flows through the lamp.

Meanwhile, the grille of the new F-Type slightly leans forward to make it seem that the sports car is moving even when it is not. The top of the side vent is formed by the lower edge of the clamshell bonnet. The hexagonal mesh of the grille and side vents deliver greater form as well as depth.

Press Release


- World debut of Jaguar F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) at Coventry MotoFest (30/31 May)
- Jaguar's 5.0-litre supercharged V8 550 PS sports car will support Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Record attempt
- Jaguar will be at the heart of Bloodhound SSC providing its 5.0-litre 550PS supercharged V8 engine to provide hydraulic services to the car and drive the rocket's oxidiser pump
- Jaguar also previewing Goodwood Festival of Speed activity at MotoFest with a host of iconic heritage cars

(Whitley, Coventry – 20 May 2015). Jaguar will unveil the F-TYPE R AWD Bloodhound SSC RRV at Coventry MotoFest – one of the cars that will support the Bloodhound world land speed record attempt.

The Bloodhound F-TYPE R is the latest project of Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations and is wrapped in a bespoke livery created by Jaguar Design incorporating the Bloodhound SSC colours.

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. The F-TYPE R AWD has already fulfilled a critical role in the development of the Bloodhound SSC with a communications test back in November 2014.

Fitted with the same radio equipment as the rocket powered Bloodhound SSC, the F-TYPE was driven head-to-head at top speed with a similarly equipped jet flown at 500 knots and just 20 feet above the ground. The combined closing speed of almost 700mph enabled the successful test of the system that will allow communications between the ground crew and Andy Green in Bloodhound SSC.

Joining the Bloodhound F-TYPE at MotoFest will be a star line-up of Jaguar heritage vehicles, including a 1956 D-type Long Nose and the stunning 1966 XJ13 – the only one of its kind in existence. A 1974 Group 44 E-type, a 1976 Broadspeed XJ12 Coupé and the 1988 Le Mans-winning XJR-9 will also see action over the weekend, while a 1938 SS 100 will be on static display to visitors.

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