British machine will now focus on development and fund-raising ahead of land speed record bid in 2020 or 2021
James Attwood, digital editor
18 November 2019

The Bloodhound LSR reached a new top speed of 628mph as it wrapped up testing in South Africa ahead of a planned assault on the land speed record in around a year.

The British machine, driven by current land speed record holder Andy Green, has completed a series of test runs of increasing speed on a specially prepared track on the Hakskeen Pan over the past month. Powered by a EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, Bloodhound completed its final test run with Green accelerating to 615mph before lifting off the throttle.

The run was part of a test programme to evaluate how much drag Bloodhound generates at a variety of speeds, with data gathered from 192 sensors then compared with the figures previously calculated using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. That data will determine the size and power of the Nammo-built rocket that will be fitted to Bloodhound for the final record bid.

“The stability and confidence the car gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that has been invested in her by team members past and present,” said Green.

“With all the data generated by reaching 628mph [1010 km/h], we’re in a great position to focus on setting a new world land speed record in the next year or so.”

Ian Warhurst, the British businessman who stepped in to save the project from administration, said hitting the speed was “a real milestone”. He added: “We will now move our focus to identifying new sponsors and the investment needed to bringing Bloodhound back out to Hakskeen Pan in the next 12 to 18 months’ time.”

The current land speed record, set by Green in Thrust SSC in 1997, is 763.035mph. When Bloodhound was first launched, the ultimate target was to try and eclipse 1000mph.

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18 November 2019

 I do hope they get the funding, it would be a shame to have come so far and not fulfilled their potential,but, who to go to....?

18 November 2019

I speak from a position of no real expertise, but I can't help feeling that they should have had the rocket on the car this time around. This has, for reasons we all know, become an incredibly protracted affair, and yet after 11 years they still haven't exceeded Richard Noble's Thrust 2 speed of 633mph set in 1983 let alone Thrust SSCs 763mph. Unless you're actively looking for it, there is little mention of their endeavours in the media so I wonder who is going to risk the wrath of Greta "how dare you!" and pump money into the project in the vague hope that they'll be running again in a year to 18 months. My name is on the fin so I hope I'm wrong.

18 November 2019

Annoying Greta is reason enough to sponsor Bloodhound.  

19 November 2019
eseaton wrote:

Annoying Greta is reason enough to sponsor Bloodhound.  

 

Embarrassing comment.

You are talking about a 16 year old girl. She is obviously a lot more mature than you are.

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