Published: Fri, October 27, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Bloodhound SSC: supersonic auto gears up for first public test

Bloodhound SSC: supersonic auto gears up for first public test

The British supersonic Bloodhound auto, combining the technology of a fighter jet, spacecraft and F1 vehicle, is set to make its first public runs in Cornwall later.

The Bloodhound SSC came one step closer to being the fastest thing on Earth today as driver Andy Green took it to 200mph (322km/h) in public tests.

WITH A thunderous shriek that raised heads five miles away Wing Commander Andy Green today lit the afterburner on the world's most ambitious auto, Bloodhound, in which he confidently expects to top 1,000mph on an African desert within two years.

Bloodhound SSC has been built over nine years by a team of Bristol-based engineers from aeronautical and automotive backgrounds.

This is a pretty significant moment for the team behind the Bloodhound as this is their first public test, lest hope everything goes well for them and they can move onto the next stage of testing. The record attempt will be made on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, hopefully in 2019.

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The team behind the auto say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One vehicle and a spaceship. Tests at those speeds will give more critical feedback about the design, including how the wheels perform.

At Newquay the auto reached over 200mph on the power of its Eurofighter jet engine alone. They just started to flicker with flame - very sort of Formula One, but in a proper high-speed vehicle.

The demonstration was the Bloodhound's first public outing, and served as both a PR opportunity and a chance to get preliminary data on the vehicle's performance. Green should reach around 200 miles per hour (320 kph) at Newquay Airport, according to the BBC.

In the initial run today, the Bloodhound hit 200 miles per hour in around nine seconds.

"The design and engineering team has done an incredible job with Bloodhound SSC". They stepped in past year when the project had stalled for lack of cash, and more major sponsors would be welcome.

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