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article imageBloodhound, the 1,000 mph supersonic car ready for trials

By Tim Sandle     Jun 12, 2017 in Technology
Newquay - The Bloodhound supersonic car, which is designed to operate at 1,000 miles per hour, will run for the first time on October 26, 2017.
Bloodhound SSC is a British designed supersonic land vehicle, currently under development, with the aim of smashing the world land-speed record. The pencil-shaped car, designed for optimal aerodynamics, is powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine. The vehicle is approximately 13.4 meters long and weighs 7.5 tonnes. The design is a mix of car and aircraft technology. he front part is composed of a carbon fibre monocoque (mch like a racing car), with the back portion formed of a metallic framework and panels (much like an aircraft). The two front wheels sit within the body and two rear wheels are mounted externally within wheel fairings.
Bloodhound - The 1000mph Land speed record project.
Bloodhound - The 1000mph Land speed record project.
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The vehicle has cost £60 million ($80 million) to date. Some of the vehicles specifications are set out in the following video:
As Digital Journal reported in 2015, the short-term aim with Bloodhound is to reach a speed of 800 miles per hour (1,287 kilometers per hour.) The long term aim is, however, to propel the car above 1,000 miles per hour (1,610 kilometers per hour.) To reach these velocities the vehicle will need to produce about 21 tonnes of thrust (210 kiloNewtons.). This is to be achieved via a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine. Since then there have been some developmental issues and funding set-backs, although these appear to have been overcome and the car is edging towards its attempted to beat the current land-speed record by over 30 percent.
In October 2017 the car will be driven by Wing Commander Andy D. Green, a British Royal Air Force fighter pilot and the current World Land Speed Record holder (in 1997 when driving the vehicle ThrustSSC, which achieved a speed of 760 miles per hour). The World Land Speed Record is regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. The first outing of the car will be for a series of "slow speed" trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall.
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Chief engineer Mark Chapman told the BBC: "We've gone from a computer design to an actual thing that will move down the runway. It will be a huge validation for the people who've stood by us all these years; it is happening. And, yes, it will also be a great shop window as we look to attract a bit more money to get us over the last few hurdles."
Later on a record-breaking race will take place along the Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa (for racing aficionados this was the site of Malcolm Campbell’s 1929 record attempt track). This will be to take the care above the 1,000 miles per hour threshold.
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