Supersonic Bloodhound auto in first public test before world record attempt

Violet Tucker
October 27, 2017

A supersonic vehicle that has been created to reach a world land speed record of 1,000 miles per hour (mph) has undergone its first public test run in England. In front of an audience of 3,000 supporters the car's Eurofighter jet engine twice propelled it on a ideal launch profile along the 1.7 mile runway, and the brakes worked well enough, with much smoke and a flicker of flame, to stop the 7.5-tonne vehicle before Green ran out of runway.

While a large crowd is expected to witness the trial run live, those who can't be present can still watch the test via the stream below from Bloodhound's official YouTube channel. It will do 0-200mph in about eight seconds.

It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

There is no scope to increase speeds significantly in the United Kingdom as there is no runway long enough or tyres available to withstand the loads generated by Bloodhound SSC beyond 250 miles per hour. The record attempt will be made on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, hopefully in 2019.

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BLOODHOUND SSC is pushed out of the hangar by technicians at Newquay airport, Cornwall, where the supersonic vehicle prepares to make its first run up to 200mph.

The Bloodhound SSC has been created to reach a top speed of 1,000mph, says the London Evening Standard, but will only reach 200mph in today's "slow-speed" trial.

In 1997, Andy was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current record of 763mph. Next year Bloodhound will be taken overseas to an unrevealed desert location where higher speeds can be attempted - between 650 and 800 miles per hour - and the rocket motor tested. With the rocket also lit, Andy Green will be covering a mile every 3.6 seconds, and there's nowhere in Britain the auto can be properly tested.

Speaking after the Newquay test was completed, he said: "We came here to show the world Bloodhound is go".

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