Bloodhound supersonic auto on display during test

  • Bloodhound supersonic auto on display during test

Bloodhound supersonic auto on display during test

Green was the first man to break the sound barrier in a auto in 1997, when he hit 763.035 in the Thrust SSC.

Likewise, 1,000mph will require solid metal wheels, but for the shakedown test Bloodhound SSC used some low-grip Dunlop tires originally worn by an English Electric Lightning.

Along a runway at the Newquay Airport in southwest England earlier today, the Bloodhound Supersonic Car zoomed past its hopeful goal of 322 km/h (200 mph).

It also aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by visiting schools nationwide. "The Car is designed for high speed on a desert rather than sprint performance off the line, but it still accelerated from zero to 210 miles per hour in less than 8 seconds".

He said: 'We are proud to be waving a flag for British skills and innovation on a world stage but, most of all, this is about inspiring young people. The "Bloodhound Supersonic Car", which is fitted with a Eurofighter jet engine has been in development for nine years. "They say that speed records are like malaria - they only lie dormant between bouts", he said.

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

It accelerated from 0-200mph in eight seconds during the first of two runs. We can't wait to see what it does in South Africa.

The auto is not yet the finished article. Two back-to-back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes.

Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a number of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine, the Bloodhound SCC can travel a mile in 3.6 seconds.

While Bloodhound is proudly British the project owes its continuation to the Chinese auto company Geely, which owns Volvo, Lotus and Proton.