Supersonic vehicle test before world record run

  • Supersonic vehicle test before world record run

Supersonic vehicle test before world record run

Twenty years after setting the current world land speed record of 763 miles per hour in the Bloodhound's predecessor, Andy Green, a British air force pilot, will aim to surpass his achievement. See PA story TRANSPORT Bloodhound.

The team has pedigree: it's led by Richard Noble, the man who set the land-speed record in 1983, and the director behind Thrust SSC, the auto that now holds the land-speed record of 763mph.

Bloodhound SSC has been built over nine years by a team of Bristol-based engineers from aeronautical and automotive backgrounds.

Wing Commander Green is no stranger to speed, in fact it was 20 years ago that Green took to the wheel of the Thrust SSC vehicle and then proceeded to take it through the sound barrier all the way to a staggering 763mph.

When Bloodhound SSC travels to South Africa's Hakskeen Pan to attempt to break the record, it will be powered by an EJ200 jet engine and a Nammo hybrid rocket.

Andy grew up in Hartlepool in the 1970s and went to what is now High Tunstall College of Science. He made two runs to test the Rolls-Royce jet engine and the car's control, suspension and braking systems.

"We came here to say Bloodhound is Go!" Two back to back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes.

"The performance, the handling, the stability of it - I can't fault the vehicle at all, it just worked brilliantly".

Project leaders say the tests are a huge step towards realising the car's 1,000mph goal since its inception in 2008. "I'm designed for supersonic speed, but this I can do easily".