1000 miles per hour Bloodhound SSC makes first public test run

Andy Green with Bloodhound SSC. Pic Bloodhound SSC

Image During the trials in Cornwall the car's progress will be checked. Pic Bloodhound SSC

The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is aiming to break the world land speed record - and be the first to reach 1,000mph.

Rather than chasing ultimate speed, the test run - which kicked off a three-day event at the airport - is a way for the Bloodhound team to connect with the public and offers crucial exposure to sponsors.

The full 1,000 mile per hour attempt is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2018.

The auto will be tested on a runway at Newquay Airport, reports BBC News, and will be piloted by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, who set the current land speed record of 763mph in 1997.

Bloodhound SSC is created to reach 1,000mph in a bid to set a record that can not be beaten by existing technology.

The auto put in a series of "slow speed" runway tests Thursday which took the vehicle to a relatively sluggish 200 miles per hour.

The Newquay run was the culmination of nearly 12 years of work which, if ultimately successful, will set a world land speed record that will stand for a lifetime, and possibly forever.


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 Bloodhound SSC is a jet and rocket-powered streamliner that uses a Formula 1 engine as a fuel pump.

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

In 1997 Mr Green was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as it set the current record of 763mph. In schools in 220 countries around the world, two million young people - 130,000 in the United Kingdom - are following Bloodhound, thereby bringing science, maths, technology and engineering vividly to life and boosting the number of engineering students going to university like nothing since the Apollo Project took man to the moon.

At Newquay the vehicle reached over 200mph on the power of its Eurofighter jet engine alone. "I discovered during the initial dynamic tests that to get the auto to 200mph, I would have to take my foot off the throttle at 130mph as it then carries on accelerating for another two seconds".

At Newquay it ran on Dunlop tyres from an English Electric Lightning fighter, but they wouldn't last five seconds at high speed - the real wheels, which will turn at 10,200 rpm, are made of solid aluminium. Green, along with many Bloodhound Project team members, achieved a speed of 760 miles per hour in 1997 with a turbofan-powered vehicle, the ThrustSSC, in Nevada. They just started to flicker with flame - very sort of Formula One, but in a proper high-speed auto. They stepped in previous year when the project had stalled for lack of cash, and more major sponsors would be welcome.

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