London - The British team that brought the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car project back to life is currently undergoing final preparations for the first test runs at the Hakskeen Salt Pan in the Northern Cape.
Set to take place between mid-October and mid-November, the supersonic car will be subjected to 13 test runs, where the team will aim to increase the top speeds in steady (80km/h) increments to eventually top over 800km/h. This will make it among the 10 fastest cars of all time.
This test will be a “key milestone” on its journey to setting a new world land speed record, which it hopes to attempt at Haksteen in late 2020. In order to do that, it will have to beat the current record of 1228km/h, set by the Thrust SSC back in 1997. The Bloodhound LSR was originally designed to reach 1600km/h, but it remains to be seen just how close to that mark it will come.
The Bloodhound LSR is powered by an EJ200 jet engine, aided by a monopropellant rocket system. The jet engine, which is sourced from Rolls Royce, creates nine tonnes of thrust - which is the equivalent of around 54 000 thrust horsepower.
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