Two of these bespoke XJs have been built by JLR’s SVO division and converted to accommodate both fire suppression equipment and rescue equipment, including cutting gear.
The car will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed driven by Andy Green, who will also pilot the Bloodhound SSC during the attempt to hit 1000mph on land.
A long-wheelbase version of the XJR was used as the base vehicle. The rear seats were removed and a new, leather trimmed, mounting platform fitted to the bulkhead and floorpan. A bespoke, full roll cage has also been engineered for the XJR.
Six highly polished steel containers – which contain a mix of foam and liquid fire suppressants - are mounted in the rear of the XJR’s cabin. In the boot is a generator. This powers ‘cutting and spreading’ tools which could be used to cut open the Bloodhound structure in the event of an accident. A tool for cutting into carbonfibre is mounted under the XJR’s bootlid. The emergency equipment was made by British firm, Angloco.