Bloodhound on trail of 1000mph record


On Thursday, the team will for the first time ever roll out the 13.4 metres long, 7.5 tonne auto, that they aim to break the record with on Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in the near future.

In its first public test drive, the Bloodhound SSC completed two laps along the 2.7-km (9,000-ft) runway powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine, which is typically found in a Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

The tests are the first big outings for the auto ahead of its long-term goal of shattering the world's land speed record and crossing the 1000 miles per hour (1600 km/h) threshold.

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

"Stopping a slippery, 5 tonne auto, running on low-grip aircraft tyres, is a challenge within the relatively limited length of the 2.7 km runway here, particularly as the vehicle continues accelerating after I lift off the throttle", says Green.

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The landmark moment in the high-profile project came 20 years after the current land speed world record was set on 15 October, 1997. The team hit 200mph during a first public test run on an airfield in south-west England.

Project leaders say the tests are a huge step towards realising the car's 1,000mph goal since its inception in 2008.

Likewise, 1,000mph will require solid metal wheels, but for the shakedown test Bloodhound SSC used some low-grip Dunlop tires originally worn by an English Electric Lightning.

Final checks are made before the engines are started on the Bloodhound 1,000mph supersonic racing vehicle during its first public run at Cornwall Airport, near Newquay. "And then to slow down, I need to apply gentle pressure to the brakes for two seconds to "warm up" the carbon fibre disk brakes before applying full force on the brakes to stop the auto".