Confirmation is on with the Jaguar tie up with Bloodhound which opens the gate for more F-Types from the British automaker. Jaguar in collaboration with Bloodhound SSC Speed Record unit confirming that the worst kept secret of a four wheel drive F-Type is on.
The alliance with Bloodhound is more than the technical assistance than pure sponsorship and for example the supercharged V8 from Jaguar coming in to play with F-Type R coupe. The primary objective of getting to the 1600kmph by Bloodhound is taken care by the Eurofighter Typhoon Rolls-Royce EJ2100 engine and a modified rocket motor both delivering a combined 135, 000hp which is quite adequate to reach the target. Jaguar has been assisting Bloodhound to conduct tests at Hakskeen Pan located in Northern Cape, SA which will be the proving ground for the record breaking attempt to be carried out next year. The word “attempt” signifies the aim of beating the existing record of 1228kmph established by Thrust SSC way back in 1997. Further record breaking attempts to sail beyond the four figure mark will be conducted in 2016.
The team at Hakskeen is utilizing an F-Type R AWD for testing high speed communication using the same equipment that will be figuring in the Bloodhound kit while driving at top speeds after a speeding jet fighter heading the other way. The idea behind this arrangement is to simulate a similar situation which will be experienced in the Land Speed Record next year. The closing speed of 800kmph is what is expected from the Bloodhound.
No more details are available for the 4-wheel-drive F-Type but you can safely assume that Jaguar is doing everything to respond to the challenge of rivals such as Audi R8 replacement due next year and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Only thing Jaguar has confirmed is that the flagship R Coupe is not the only vehicle to get the four wheel drive.