Jaguar teams up with Bloodhound to hit desert for round of testing

The Bloodhound project has started the 12-month countdown to its first Land Speed Record attempt, and celebrated Jaguar joining the programme as Innovation Partner, by staging a high-speed communications test at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa.

An L39 jet aircraft flew multiple passes down Bloodhound’s specially prepared desert track, synchronised with the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupé driven by project director Richard Noble and a Jaguar XF saloon, at closing speeds* of up to 500mph (804km/h), 50% of the speed BLOODHOUND SSC will ultimately travel.

The cars carried the same equipment that will stream data, voice and imagery live from the Bloodhound SSC during test runs and record attempts in 2015 and 2016.