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Jaguar Magazine 03/2017 – English

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Wir geben Gas! In London sorgt Automobiljournalist Guy Bird im brandneuen E-PACE für Aufsehen und zeigt uns ganz nebenbei nahezu unentdeckte Tipps in der britischem Hauptstadt – seiner Heimat. Warum sich der Jaguar XE bestens als Grundlage für den leistungsstärksten Jaguar mit Straßenzulassung aller Zeiten – den XE SV Project 8 – geeignet hat, hat uns David Pook erklärt, Leiter der Special Vehicle Operations bei Jaguar Land Rover. Lesen Sie mehr in der aktuellen Ausgabe THE JAGUAR 03. 

MACH 2 A Concorde

MACH 2 A Concorde take-off was a fanfare for the senses . Exuding the performance of a military jet and the grace of a swan, every flight was an occasion to be savoured. Below: Modern flight decks may have long since entered the digital age, but there is no denying the power of a dial reading Mach 2 + flight. While comfort levels in business class and upwards have certainly improved, flight times haven’t. New York to London today takes around 7.5 hours. Concorde regularly averaged 3.5 hours. Denver-based start-up Boom Technology wants to pick up where Concorde left off, announcing funding to the tune of million with the first test flight of its rather crypticallynamed XB-1 demonstrator planned before the end of 2017. Boom plans to build a supersonic passenger aircraft with seating for 40+ that’s capable of flying at 1,450 mph. This will drop the journey time from New York to London down to a Concorde-like 3.5 hours. While tickets on the Anglo- French icon cost anything up to ,000, Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl says round-trip tickets on his modern day supersonic transport will cost a mere ,000. Scholl isn’t an obvious aerospace pioneer coming from a background at where his coding abilities made him a wealthy man. Throw in a private pilot’s licence, a startup’s desire to disrupt for the better and Scholl soon came to the conclusion that affordable supersonic transport was technically feasible and commercially viable. “I started this because I was sad I never got to fly on Concorde. I waited, but no-one was doing it, so I decided to.” Big gun support was not long in coming, particularly from Silicon Valley, one backer from further afield stood out though. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson who has also founded his own spaceship company Virgin Galactic, was so taken by the idea that he took out options to buy 10 of the supersonic jets saying, “I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of highspeed commercial flights. As an innovator in space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.” CEO Scholl had the vision and secured the funding, but building the XB-1 demonstrator has been the work of a team of 11 guys with a more recognisable aerospace track record coming from NASA, Pratt and Whitney, General Electric, Lockheed Martin and SpaceX. Six of the team also hold pilots’ licences, and a number of them have been directly involved in designing and building high performance aircraft and jet engines. One of the reasons why the time is right for supersonic travel is that much of the technology required to address the shortcomings, which took Concorde out of service has only become available in the last 10 years. This includes carbon fibre composites for the outer skin, which are lighter than the aluminium used on Concorde. Unlike Concorde, modern computer simulation has also dramatically reduced the time needed to finalise the design saving on expensive wind tunnel testing. Significantly, the aircraft will be quieter thanks to a more efficient airframe and engines that won’t need afterburners to go supersonic. According to Scholl and his team there are already off-theshelf high-performance turbofan engines available on the market, which can be converted for the task. The timetable for a first commercial flight is an ambitious one. Twenty years after the last commercial Concorde flight, Scholl hopes to inaugurate his own supersonic passenger aircraft. And then it should be possible to fly from Los Angeles to Sydney in a third of today’s flight time of 15 hours. For the visionary Scholl, even that amazing target is not enough. His target revolves around one simple idea. “I want to live in a world where you can get anywhere in five hours for 0. That will take decades, but I think we will get there.” Now that would be supersonic. PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER MARLOW / MAGNUM PHOTOS / AGENTUR FOCUS, DDP IMAGES, PR (2) 68 THE JAGUAR

“I WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE YOU CAN GET ANYWHERE IN FIVE HOURS FOR 0 ” Above: The XB-1 demonstrator is designed to replicate and test much of the final aircraft. Left: The use of carbon composites for the outer skin not only saves weight, it reduces noise levels considerably and allows the integration of larger size windows. THE JAGUAR 69