Jaguar To Support Bloodhound SSC With 550PS Supercharged Engine

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Jaguar has provided details about the new partnership with Bloodhound's World Land Speed Record project after the high-speed test in South Africa earlier in the month. This is the start of a big technical partnership between Jaguar and Bloodhound.

The test took place on the soft surface of the Hakskeen Pan desert located in the Northern Cape of South Africa.

Jaguar is positioned to provide important technical knowledge and innovation, resulting in direct performance benefits to the Bloodhound programme.

Being the Main Partner and the Innovation Partner, Jaguar will assist Bloodhound in raising the World Land Speed Record above 1,000mph, as well as inspire next generation of scientists and engineers, which is the overall objective of the project.

The current record stands at 763.035 mph and was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC in 1997. As driver of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, Andy Green will once again look to push the boundaries of human achievement when he attempts to break the record in 2015 and achieve speeds over 1000 mph in 2016.

On the Jaguar stand at the LA Auto Show, Andy Green revealed details about the partnership including the integration of the Jaguar engine into Bloodhound SSC. Jaguar's 5.0-litre, 550PS, supercharged V8 engine will play a key role in the running of the car providing essential hydraulic services and also driving the rocket's oxidiser pump.

This pump will supply 800-litres of High Test Peroxide (HTP) to the rocket in just 20 seconds - equivalent to 40-litres (over nine gallons) - every second.

Jaguar is also helping with the development of Andy Green's cockpit design, creating the best driving environment and providing Andy with the control required for the essential systems including electrics, hydraulics, engine start and control systems, safety monitoring and braking.

Jaguar has also confirmed it will be provide two high performance Rapid Response Vehicles to support Bloodhound SSC in the desert during the record runs in 2015 and 2016.

Andy Green, Bloodhound SSC driver and current World Land Speed Record holder said, "It's great news to have Jaguar as a Main Partner and Innovation Partner to the Bloodhound Project. Jaguar's engineering and innovation knowledge is invaluable and the technological expertise Jaguar brings to the powertrain integration will provide a genuine performance enhancement to the project."

"While driving Bloodhound SSC I need to know I will have the responsiveness, performance and reliability required to power the rocket fuel pump and the Jaguar engine is the perfect tool for the job".

Bloodhound SSC is currently being assembled at the Bloodhound Technical Centre in Bristol, UK. It is on schedule for 2015 where it will undergo UK runway testing up to 200mph (321km/h) at the Aerohub, Newquay, UK.

The Team will then deploy to South Africa to begin high speed testing with the target of reaching 800mph (1,287km/h). The Team will return to the UK to review the data and return to South Africa in 2016 with the aim of reaching 1,000mph (1,609km/h).

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