1,000mph Bloodhound set for autumn testing

1,000mph Bloodhound set for autumn testing
The latest attempt to break the world land speed record will undergo a significant milestone in Cornwall later this year.

Having been in development for eight years, it is hoped the supersonic racing car known as the Bloodhound will complete its speed objective of a blistering 1,000mph in 2018.

Before that, on October 26, the 13.5 metre-long streamliner will undergo runway trails in Newquay as it begins its bid to eclipse the last record, set 20 years ago.

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Back in 1997, Wing Commander Andy Green steered the Thrust SSC to the current record of 763mph.

Now Wg Cdr Green will take the wheel of the 3,500-component Bloodhound, as it drives at speeds of 200mph along Cornwall Airport Newquay’s 1.7 mile-long runway.

Assembled near Bristol, at Avonmouth, the car’s systems will be put to the test in real conditions for the first time this autumn. The runways trials will mark the end of a month of testing, including that of its Eurofighter Typhoon-sourced EJ200 Rolls-Royce jet engine.

Other attributes to be put under the microscope include the vehicle’s bespoke air intake fuel and electrical systems.

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Richard Noble, project director at Bloodhound SSC, said: “The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far.

“They will provide important data on the performance of the car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we'll use when we go record breaking.”

During the tests, the car will be powered by the jet engine and use wheels with pneumatic tyres from an English Electric Lightning fighter aircraft.

The next stage of the journey for the Bloodhound will see it head to a desert venue in South Africa, where it is hoped the 1,000mph can be reached in 2018. This demands the coverage of a mile in just 3.6 seconds at full speed.

For the 1,000mph runs, Bloodhound will be fitted with three hybrid rockets which, when combined with the EJ200 engine, will produce 135,000 thrust horsepower.

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