Bloodhound SSC Makes Its First Public Run Today

Robyn Ryan
October 27, 2017

In front of an audience of 3,000 supporters the car's Eurofighter jet engine twice propelled it on a flawless launch profile along the 1.7 mile runway, and the brakes worked well enough, with much smoke and a flicker of flame, to stop the 7.5-tonne vehicle before Green ran out of runway.

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. Tests on the steering, brakes, suspension and data systems will take place as well calculations to determine exactly when full throttle can be applied once on the Hakskeen Pan.

But that test, planned for a dry lake bed in South Africa, won't happen until at least 2020 - though the Bloodhound team said today's dry run gave them confidence that the vehicle could eventually achieve the goal.

Later in the year, Belstaff will also release two limited edition styles of sunglasses too, designed in collaboration with Andy Green for use in the African desert during the record attempts.

While Bloodhound SSC's engineers, based in Bristol in the west of England, hope to reach 1,000 miles per hour (1,610 kph) in the official record attempt in 2019, Thursday's run will be much gentler-the latest in a series of trials aimed at stress-testing the vehicle's technology. It will be his first time at the wheel of the machine, with the aim being to get up to 200mph in 1,300m. "I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily".

They are expected to make the record attempt in 2019 in the Kalahari Desert, the paper says. The runs are probably the fastest the auto will ever go in the United Kingdom, he added.

The eventual record attempt will take place on a lakebed in South Africa sometime in 2019, where the vehicle will aim to break ThrustSSC's 763mph record, which has stood for 20 years.

The vehicle travelled from zero to 200 miles per hour in under 8 seconds, accelerating at 1.5 G.

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