In the cockpit of the '1000mph' Bloodhound auto

Tammy Harvey
October 27, 2017

This is the first public run of the land speed record-attempting vehicle, but the event marks the culmination of a month of runway trials and tests that have already taken place to test the car's steering, brakes, suspension and data systems, as well as the EJ200 jet engine, which has been sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon. As this is a working airport, the test run will take place in between scheduled flights landing and taking off. The EJ200 unit is sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon, and today proved it's capable of powering the five-tonne Bloodhound from 0-200mph in just nine seconds, covering 1,300 metres in the process.

Bloodhound SSC, created by the same team behind current record holder ThrustSSC, completed two laps of Newquay airport, making its way up to 200mph on the runway.

The auto will be piloted by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green and is expected to reach a positively snail-like 200mph as part of a "slow-speed" trial that will test the Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine that is now strapped to the top of it.

The engineering behind the Bloodhound SSC is fascinating. "I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily".

Green made two successful runs, hitting speeds of more than 200 miles per hour in 8 seconds in at least one run. "They say that speed records are like malaria - they only lie dormant between bouts", he said. At around 400 miles per hour, they can no longer spin as fast at the auto is moving; instead, they function more like sled runners. For the initial record attempt, the Bloodhound will use a single monopropellant rocket which can produce around 40kN of thrust. The fuel pump driving oxidiser to the rocket motor is now powered by a 550bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine, but the team is investigating the possibility of replacing it with an electric motor - battery technology has come a long way since the days of Thrust SSC.

At Newquay the auto reached over 200mph on the power of its Eurofighter jet engine alone.

To install the rocket system, however, Bloodhound needs cash.

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