Bloodhound SSC Supersonic Car Will Attempt First Public Test Today

Posted October 27, 2017

Bloodhound SSC is making its first public run at Cornwall airport in Newquay, with driver Andy Green attempting to take the auto to 200mph.

Following today's test runs, says the FT, the Bloodhound team will focus on breaching the 1,000mph and clinching the world record.

Bloodhound is the world's most advanced straight-line racing auto, created to reach 1,000mph, it will attempt to break the world land speed record in 2019. The EJ200 unit is sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon, and today proved it's capable of powering the five-tonne Bloodhound from 0-200mph in just nine seconds, covering 1,300 metres in the process. Bloodhound SSC is created to shatter the existing land speed record, aiming for a top speed of over 1,000 miles per hour (1,600km/h).

This is a pretty significant moment for the team behind the Bloodhound as this is their first public test, lest hope everything goes well for them and they can move onto the next stage of testing.

The eventual record attempt will take place on a lakebed in South Africa sometime in 2019, where the auto will aim to break ThrustSSC's 763mph record, which has stood for 20 years. In front of an audience of 3,000 supporters the car's Eurofighter jet engine twice propelled it on a flawless 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.

It also aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by visiting schools nationwide.

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In 1997, Andy was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current record of 763mph.

The engineering behind the Bloodhound SSC is fascinating. Tests at those speeds will give more critical feedback about the design, including how the wheels perform. The fuel pump driving oxidiser to the rocket motor is now powered by a 550bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine, but the team is investigating the possibility of replacing it with an electric motor - battery technology has come a long way since the days of Thrust SSC.

In the initial run today, the Bloodhound hit 200 miles per hour in around nine seconds.

According to the project's website, Mr Green added: "The auto is already working faster and better than we expected".

To install the rocket system, however, Bloodhound needs cash.