London - Just months after its relaunch, following a period of bankruptcy, the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car project is set to perform its first test run at Hakskeen Salt Pan in the Northern Cape.
Although the vehicle was originally designed to break the 1600km/h barrier, the team will only be targeting 800km/h in the October test run, which is says is a “key milestone” on its journey to setting a new world speed record, which it hopes to attempt at Haksteen in late 2020.
The current world land speed record stands at 1228km/h, set by the Thrust SSC back in 1997.
This year’s run will focus on testing the aerodynamics, handling, desert wheels and parachutes.
The land speed record will be the first such attempt in the digital era, and fittingly, data from hundreds of sensors on the car will be shared with engineers in real time, allowing them to see exactly how the car is behaving as it challenges the laws of physics.