Bloodhound SSC Makes Its First Public Run Today

Lucy Hill
October 27, 2017

The land speed record challenging Bloodhound SSC is set for its first public shakedown at Newquay airport today, piloted by Andy Green, the holder of the current record. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 26, 2017. It will do 0-200mph in about eight seconds.

The team behind the auto say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One vehicle and a spaceship.

It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

After a decade of intensive planning, an extensive team of aspirant record-breakers revealed a glimpse of the British car's power at Cornwall Airport in Newquay.

The ultimate aim of Bloodhound SSC is to not only break that record but reach a knuckle-whitening 1000mph in the South Africa desert.

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The project had gestated in the mind of aerodynamicist Ron Ayers 20 years ago when the two jet engines of the supersonic Thrust SSC auto he designed were hardly cold.

Andy grew up in Hartlepool in the 1970s and went to what is now High Tunstall College of Science.

Green will put the vehicle to test at Cornwall Airport Newquay in the United Kingdom in two runway trials. At a closed-off airstrip near Newquay airport, Cornwall, the monstrous vehicle roared across the tarmac at roughly 200 miles per hour.

Speaking after the Newquay test was completed, Mr Green said: "We came here to show the world Bloodhound is go. I think there are a lot of smiling faces here". Two back to back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes.

"The auto just said: "I can do all of this". They intend to push automotive design to the limits of what our knowledge and materials can achieve - and if in the process they push the speed goalposts so far over the horizon that the Union Flag will fly forever over the record, then that's only right.

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