Bloodhound supersonic car charges onward and upward to 1,010 km/h.
Powered by a EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, the Bloodhound has completed a series of test runs of increasing speed on a specially prepared track on the Hakskeen Pan over the past month. Bloodhound completed its final test run with Green accelerating to 615mph before lifting off the throttle by Andy Green.
The Bloodhound LSR was built to smash the land speed record. In the last few weeks has made incredible progress toward this aim. The car’s latest run in the South African desert brought it to a blistering 628 mph (1,010 km/h).
The supersonic vehicle ran through the Kalahari desert on Saturday with the EJ200 jet engine generating 9 kN thrust. With the help of an onboard EJ200 jet engine that generates 9 kN of thrust, the Bloodhound LSR raced across the Kalahari Desert on Saturday. This saw it cover a distance of 5 mi (8 km) in just 50 seconds. At the time, it reached maximum velocity before deploying its drag parachute at the 11-km (6.8 mi) mark to begin the braking process.
In the past, the Bloodhound LSR reached 450 mph (725-m / h), 500 mph (805 mph), and 550-mph (885 km / h). And now the 628-mph effort of this supersonic. From here, the team will head back to the drawing board to ready the car for its land speed record attempt, and in doing so they’ll be bringing in the big guns.
To deliver LSR Bloodhound, a special missile is developing. The monopropellant rocket is expected to equip the vehicle with an extra 60 kN of thrust. It hopes will take it past the 763 mph (1,228 km/h) achieved by the Thrust SSC in 1997.
192 sensors have been built and attached to the vehicle. These sensors serve for data collection on fluid dynamics and drag during high speed testing. From the latest run analysis shows that the air flow under the car has gone ultrasonic for a moment. And some paint is stripped off the body.
This kind of data will guide the final design of the Nammo rocket. It will be fitted to the car before the record attempt in 12 to 18 months’ time.
“The stability and confidence the car gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that has been invested in her by team members past and present,” said Bloodhound LSR driver Andy Green. “With all the data generated by reaching 628 mph (1,010 km/h), we’re in a great position to focus on setting a new world land speed record in the next year or so.”