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2015-05-07 13:12

HILLCLIMB SHOWSTOPPER: Jaguar will show a cutaway model of the Bloodhound SSC at the Simola Hillclimb over the weekend of May 14-17. Image: Jaguar


Ahead of the Bloodhound Project's land speed record attempt in SA 2015, Jaguar's F-Type R coupe and a L39 jet conducted a high-speed communications test at Hakskeen pan.

  • Bloodhound SSC 'cutaway' on show
  • Supersonic simulator experience
  • F-Type's supercharged V8 in SSC

KNYSNA, Western Cape - Visitors at the 2015 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb (May 14-17) will not only see and hear the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé – officially the fastest car in South Africa – but also the fastest car in the world: the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC).

Well, a model, thereof... it was also on display at the Rand Show in Johannesburg earlier in 2015.

Jaguar, as a main and innovation partner in the Bloodhound SSC project, will showcase not only British engineering but also the technology behind the world’s most ambitious land-speed record attempt.


Lisa Mallett from Jaguar Land Rover SA said: “When we say racing is in our blood, we really mean it. What says ‘racing’ more than the fastest car in the world? It’s hugely exciting to show the public our involvement with this project.”

Spectators at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will be able to visit the Bloodhound SSC exhibit and see a 1:1 scale cutaway model of the car that will attempt to break the '1000 miles per hour' (1610km/h). Visitors will be able to stand next to the Bloodhound and get a sense of the size - it's 13.47m long, and three metres to the top of the tailfin.

Few normal cars are longer than five metres.

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The cutaway will also allow a glimpse of the supersonic car’s innards, including the fuel-tanks, cockpit and the Jaguar F-Type R engine used to test the fuel in the rocket engine.

One of the 95kg aluminium wheels that will be fitted to Bloodhound SSC will also be on show.


The Bloodhound Driving Experience is a computer simulation that will allow lucky participants to experience the complexity and responsibility that comes with being at the helm of the world’s fastest car.

They'll be able to go through the checks and procedures that Sir Andy Green will conduct for his high-speed runs. These include accelerating to 320km/h; priming rocket boosters that deploy at 640km/h; virtually experiencing its awesome acceleration.

Simulation participants will also have to slow the vehicle using air brakes, a parachute, and finally the front-wheel brakes.

Successfully completing the two-minute virtual Bloodhound SSC experience will earn the player a certificate of participation; those who post the fastest times will get a poster signed by Sir Andy Green.

The 2015 Jaguar Simola Hill Climb weekend will be over May 14-17 on Simola Road, Knysna. Tickets R80 per person per day for adults, R50 per child (3-11 years).

Pit access tickets R100 per person.

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