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Jaguar XJR Rapid Response Vehicle breaks cover

Snapshot: Jaguar has unveiled the one-off XJR Rapid Response Vehicle to be used by the Bloodhound SSC team.

The specialty model will make its debut later this month at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in United Kingdom and it was developed specifically for the infamous and ambitious Bloodhound SSC project. The vehicle was built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division and as you can see it has received a special body livery which mimics the colors used by the Bloodhound SSC.

It also benefits from a roll cage and comes with bespoke holders that carry a hydraulic pump, foam misting cylinder, hose and a motor. All of these items were installed at the back after SVO’s engineers removed the rear seats and the tools have been provided by UK manufacturer Angloco.

There haven’t been any changes underneath the hood where this special Jaguar XJR carries the same supercharged V8 5.0-liter engine pushing out 550 bhp which enables the luxury full-size sedan reach 100 kmph in 4.4 seconds and top out at 280 kmph.

One of the two cars manufactured for the Bloodhound SSC project will be seen on June 27 at the First Glance hill run at Goodwood where it will be driven by current world land speed record holder and Bloodhound SSC driver Andy Green.

It should be mentioned that Jaguar applied a mild makeover on its XJ lineup earlier this week and they say the range-topping XJR variant will go on sale this September.

Besides this special Jaguar XJR, the Bloodhound SSC project also includes a custom F-Type which was also prepared by Special Vehicle Operations and will be showcased alongside this XJR and the first production-ready F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood FoS.

These three rapid response vehicles (RRV) will be used throughout all high speed tests and world land speed record attempts as a tool to obtain vital information for Andy Green.

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