The Bloodhound LSR completed it’s last speed test before attempting to break the world land speed record, reaching 1010km/h.
The EJ200 jet engine achieved this maximum velocity after reaching the 8km mark in just 50 seconds. The test took place on the Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape, on a track that has been specifically cleared for these tests. It is the largest area cleared by hand for a motorsport event. the 317 workers who made this track possible received medals for their work.
The Bloodhound aims to beat the land speed record which sits at 1,000mph (1,609.34km/h).
“The stability and confidence the car gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that have been invested in her by team members past and present,” pilot Andy Green said in a statement. “With all the data generated by reaching 628mph (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.”
The purpose of these runs was to see how much drag is created by the car at each speed stage, how the wheels and breaks hold up and effective parachute deployment.
“The Bloodhound team’s primary objective is to engage and inspire people of all ages through the most extreme application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” the team said in a statement.
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