As the speed freaks behind the forthcoming Bloodhound SSC ramp up to shatter the 1,000 mph land speed barrier, Jaguar is helping the team test vital equipment and safety systems for the record car. Lucky for us, the Bloodhound team recorded a video of a Jaguar F-Type Coupe R testing the safety parachute deployment system that will help slow the car down from its 1,000-mph top speed.
Every single system, piece of equipment, and device on the SSC needs to be thoroughly tested, so that there are no nasty surprises when the car is at speed. To do this, Jaguar provided the U.K.-based team with a new Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. With 550 hp from its supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, the F-Type is capable of breaching 186 mph, fast enough to serve as both the testing and safety vehicle for the SSC team.
In the video, the F-Type is outfitted with the same parachute deployment system which will be found on the Bloodhound. Andy Green, current land speed record holder, lines the F-Type up on a long runway, and slingshots the V-8 coupe all the way to 186 mph. The parachute is activated, and the chute deploys perfectly. According to the engineer, “If it works at 180, it will definitely work at 1,000 miles per hour,” which seems a rather bold assertion. However, this is the fastest speed the SSC team could conceivably use to test the system, and the parachute passed with flying colors.
Take a look at a Jaguar F-Type Coupe R testing the future Bloodhound SSC’s parachute system in the video below.