The Bloodhound supersonic car will run for the first time on 26 October.
It is going to conduct a series of “slow speed” trials on the runway at Newquay airport in Cornwall. Engineers want to shake down the vehicle’s systems before heading out to South Africa next year to try to break the land speed record. This stands at 763mph (1,228km/h), and Bloodhound’s aim is to raise the mark in two stages – by getting first to 800mph and then to 1,000mph. The Newquay trials will not see anything like those speeds. The 9,000ft-long (2,744m) runway at the former RAF base is simply too short to allow Bloodhound to use the full thrust at its disposal.
Instead, driver Andy Green will take the car up to about 200mph using just its Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine. The rocket motor that would ordinarily provide additional power will not even be in the car as its development has yet to be completed.
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