Bloodhound SSC finally runs, breaks 210mph in first runway test ars_ab.settitle(1194765)

Posted October 27, 2017

The Bloodhound SSC vehicle is a feast of engineering knowhow, blending technology from F1 cars, fighter jets and even spaceships.

The first public run is taking place at Cornwall Airport in Newquay today.

Bloodhound Project director Richard Noble, himself a former land speed record holder, called the run "the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far" because it allows them to replace theoretical calculation with practical proof and to move on to the next critical stage on the road to a record that some still believe to be impossible. 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). Described by the Bloodhound Project as "the world's most advanced straight-line racing auto", the Bloodhound SSC reached a peak speed of 340 km/h (210mph).

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

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Bloodhound's chief engineer Mark Chapman said: "The Newquay tests have gone better than anyone dared hope and that is testament to the many years of research and design invested in Bloodhound SSC". "I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily". At around 400 miles per hour, they can no longer spin as fast at the vehicle is moving; instead, they function more like sled runners.

The runway trials came at the end of a month of testing at Newquay airport where the team has been checking the integration of the EJ200 jet engine as well as the car's other functions.

The auto will attempt the break the land speed record in South Africa in 2019. 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. Green has to throttle back the jet, which will have enough fuel in the system to keep Bloodhound going up to 200mph.