Jaguar F-Type R Tests Parachute System For Bloodhound SSC


According to a piece GT Spirit dropped earlier today, (June. 16,2015) it looks like the parachute system will be working just fine thanks to the Jaguar F-Type R coupe which officially put the system through its paces earlier last weekend. If all goes according to plan, the parachute system will provide up to one ton of resistance when deployed. The Bloodhound SSC is Andy Green’s latest project to push the boundaries of the land speed record. The current record is 760 MPH set by green himself back in 1997. Now, more than 19 years later, Green hopes to break that record.

In order to test the system, Jaguar fabbed up one of its F-Type R’s with special rigging that allowed the parachute system to be mounted on the Jag’s frame. Apparently, there’s enough structural strength in the F-Type R to anchor the parachute without affecting the aerodynamics all that much. If the parachute system works at 186 MPH, it will definitely work at 1,000 mph. Yup, the Bloodhound SSC hopes to go above and hopefully beyond 1,000 mph when it sets the record sometime next year.

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And if you were wondering, that screamer of a cat uses a five liter supercharged V8 that pumps out an enormous 550 HP but more importantly, 502 lbs-ft of torque. The run to 60 MPH just takes 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186 MPH is well within reach, which is exactly the speed that the parachute was deployed.

According to Ars Technica, the Bloodhound SSC will make its debut sometime this November with a run to 200 MPH. After that, the SSC will head to South Africa for some high-speed testing. And if you haven’t already, check out this news feature on the Bloodhound SSC by Euronews below.