Bloodhound vehicle attempts to beat land speed record

Andy Green with Bloodhound SSC. Pic Bloodhound SSC

Bloodhound SSC is making its first public run at Cornwall airport in Newquay, with driver Andy Green attempting to take the vehicle to 200mph.

Powering the auto up to around 600mph will be the single jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet.

To celebrate the event (and their partership with the high-speed team), Belstaff has designed a limited edition Bloodhound jacket cut from a bi-stretch material that stands up to the elements (with water resistant, wind proof, moisture wicking and UV protective properties, as well as reflective details, a high stand collar, rubberised hardware, smartphone friendly pocket and concealed orange hood). That need for speed is just the first stage of an attempt to prove the Bloodhound's capabilities with an eye firmly on the main prize of an eventual 763 miles an hour.

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The test runs took place at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, southwest England.

It accelerated from 0-200mph in eight seconds during the first of two runs.

Many of those who set that record are back to break it, including Wing Commander Andy Green who drove Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car) in the Arizona desert, making history as the first person to breach the sound barrier at 763.035 miles per hour.

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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. For the initial record attempt, the Bloodhound will use a single monopropellant rocket which can produce around 40kN of thrust.

Bloodhound's chief engineer Mark Chapman said: "The Newquay tests have gone better than anyone dared hope and that is testament to the many years of research and design invested in Bloodhound SSC". The demonstration Thursday was a simple preliminary test of the vehicle, giving the engineers the confidence to proceed with higher-speed tests on a South African lake bed next year. Tests at those speeds will give more critical feedback about the design, including how the wheels perform.

According to the project's website, Mr Green added: "The auto is already working faster and better than we expected".

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