It makes 550 horsepower and pumps 9 gallons every second.
Who wouldn’t want a supercharged Jaguar V8 under the hood, sending 550 horsepower to the wheels? That would be the person who needs such power just to make his freaking fuel pump work. Friends, if ever there was a statement to encapsulate just how awesome it is right now to be a fan of epic automotive performance, this is it.
Of course, this begs the real question: What kind of car needs a 550-horsepower fuel pump? That would be the Bloodhound SSC, which will use an EJ200 turbofan jet engine borrowed from the Eurofighter Typhoon as its primary power source in a world-record speed attempt later this year. The Jag V8 doesn’t feed the jet, however; it drives an oxidizer pump that will send 211.3 gallons of high-test peroxide to the car’s second engine – a custom-designed hybrid rocket – emptying the tank in about 20 seconds. For those too shell-shocked to do the math, that works out to about 9 gallons per second.
This is all for the pursuit of a new land-speed record, but it’s more than just that. The current record is a supersonic 763.035 miles per hour, set in October 1997 by the same team working now to break it. Much attention has been given to the Bloodhound SSC effort since this new endeavor was launched in 2008, because the target speed is an even 1,000 miles per hour. That wouldn’t just be a new land-speed record by far – it would also be a new low-altitude speed record for aircraft. So yeah, such things aren’t accomplished without all kinds of research, aerodynamic wizardry, and lots of power.
It also takes lots of money, which ran dry after the Bloodhound SSC’s official debut back in 2015. For a while it seemed the speed run might be lost to funding, but a fresh infusion of cash from Chinese automaker Geely last September put the team on-track for an October 2017 attempt – 20 years after setting the current record. That effort will only target 800 mph, which would still be a new record but obviously falls short of the ultimate goal. Presuming the pass is solid with no glaring issues or catastrophic failures, the Bloodhound SSC team will go for a 1,000-mph run at a later date.
Should that attempt eventually take place, the car will accelerate from a dead stop to 1,000 mph in 55 seconds. The custom-fabricated aluminium wheels will spin at 10,000 rpm as the car covers 450 yards a second – faster than a bullet fired from most handguns. Yeah . . . there’s never been a better time to be a horsepower junkie.
There has been a lot of interest in the original XJ-S of late, and through John Bleasdale’s XJ-SC Facebook page, also the delectable Cabriolet.
We have discussed the earliest XJ-Ss, the first two RHD examples surviving in Australia – one original and two being turned into a very famous and significant GT racer.
Well the chances are you haven’t seen this shot of chassis #2!
The place is Bob Jane’s Adelaide International Raceway, and the time is about 1983.
Mark Trenoweth had recently bought the car from builder/racer John McCormack, when this huge pile-up occurred with Mark driving.
The XJ-S is obvious but the car in the air belongs to the brilliant Jim Richards, while the Porsche facing backwards is driven by Australian F1 World Champion Alan Jones. The racer on the outside at the front closest to the fence is a Chev Monza driven by the legendary Peter Brock.
And also for John Bleasdale – I don’t know if he has this car logged, but it was seen in Jaguar Magazine when new and I believe was loaned by Melbourne Jaguar dealer Kellow Falkiner – but was a Jaguar Rover Australia Press Car.
You may not recognise it or the people with it, but this is RHD XJ-S chassis #2 which was brought to Australia by the late Bob How in the latter half of the 1970s along with chassis #1.
It was built into a GT racer by John McCormack, then sold to Mark Trenoweth in Brisbane who continued to race it was great success.
In 1986 Mark was announced as the winner of Jaguar’s International Driver of the Year alongside the like of Bob Tullius.
Here he is being presented with his trophy by Jaguar’s PR Director in Australia, and later the USA (also Bentley in the US) John Crawford, along with Jaguar’s UK PR Director, the late David Boole.
Mark still owns this very famous car – but which remains largely under appreciated.
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Those of you who are regulars to Jaguar Magazine may well be familiar with John Bleasdale in England. He is dedicated to Jaguar’s Supercar models and the XJ-SC – or Cabriolet.
If you are interested in those models and don’t know John, you will find him on Facebook and other social media platforms.
So for John, here is an older image of a model he may or may not have on his Register, plus a shot of Richard Hassan (ex-Jaguar Student Apprentice and son of the legendary Walter Hassan) with the factory ‘Pace Car’ when we all went to Le Mans in I think 1989.
Jaguar loaned him that historic car, but since then I believe the Trust has sold it.
The final shots also show an XJ-S, the second XJ-S racer built by Mark Trenoweth, but which he sold to Mike Roddy. Yes, that is Mike and a very young Jordan with the car they used as a template for their brilliant black and silver V12 racer.
You may never have seen this one, but it has to be one of the most beautiful XJ-Ss ever seen.
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This is the I-Pace being readied for production and sale, and it is exciting.
Clearly, it isn’t that far off either.
It is interesting that Jaguar’s UK PR head Ken McConomy added that 2017 is going to be a very busy year with lots of things to come!
We can’t wait.
Arthur Whittaker joined William Lyons and William Walmsley in their new Swallow Sidecar business at Blackpool as a salesman when he was 17. His contribution to Jaguar may be mostly forgotten by many – but not his granddaughters.
A classic 1948 Jaguar sports saloon, first owned by Arthur Whittaker, the Deputy Chairman of Jaguar Cars, has been re-united with his family 67 years after he parted with it.
In the older shot here Arthur is on the far left at the first Jaguar plant at Foleshill in Coventry. Queensland businessman and Mayor of Brisbane John Beals Chandler is in the centre being delivered his early MkVII and on the right is fellow Jaguar Director Ben Mason.
During Historics at Brooklands classic car auction in Surrey on Saturday, 4th March, Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte – who discovered the car’s impending sale purely by chance a fortnight earlier – fought off rival bidders to make it their own, settling on £70,000 for the jet black classic.
It will return to the eldest granddaughter Lucy’s family home in Kenilworth, just miles from the former Jaguar factory in Brown’s Lane, Coventry where it was originally manufactured 69 years ago.
“Once we discovered grandad’s Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it”, said Sally. “We had no intention of buying it, but sitting in it before the sale brought back so many fond memories of family outings in his cars that we decided we just had to bid for it,” she continued.
The full story is in our coming edition – but well done to them!
Jaguar Land Rover Automotive plc, the UK’s largest car manufacturer, today announced it is beginning construction work on a £200 million redevelopment of its design and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
The expansion represents the first major construction project at one of the company’s non-manufacturing sites in over a decade. The development is intended to become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites – fitting for a company with ambitious plans for continued global growth.
Chris Elliott, Property Programmes Director for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The new design and engineering centre is a testament both to Jaguar Land Rover’s British heritage of innovation and its compelling vision for future vehicle technology. The new space will centralise our design, product engineering and purchasing functions in an original and modern environment, as well as creating additional capacity for the future.”
Jaguar Land Rover worked with leading architectural practice Bennetts Associates to design the scheme and has engaged Laing O’Rourke as its construction partner. Laing O’Rourke will develop the site to create a unique landscaped campus comprising new offices and Jaguar and Land Rover design centres.
In recent years Jaguar Land Rover has invested heavily in its UK vehicle manufacturing facilities at Castle Bromwich, Halewood and Solihull to support the introduction of all-new vehicles such as the Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque Convertible and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It has also made significant progress in building its international manufacturing presence over the last year, with a new manufacturing facility under construction in Slovakia and the opening of its plant in Brazil.
Over the past five years Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people, taking its workforce to more than 40,000. The company has invested more than £11 billion in new product creation and capital expenditure.