BLOODHOUND is set for first test

Britain’s latest World Land Speed Record contender, BLOODHOUND SSC, will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in October 2017, twenty years after the current record of 763.035mph was set by wing commander Andy Green in the Thrust SSC.

Green will be at the wheel of BLOODHOUND SSC as it is put through its paces this autumn. The runway trials will mark the culmination of a month of tests to prove the car’s steering, brakes, suspension, data systems, as well as the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon. BLOODHOUND SSC is expected to reach speeds of up to 200mph on the 1.7mile long runway.

Before it moves under its own power, the car will first undergo several days of static ‘tie-down’ tests.The jet engine will be run up, with the car chained to the ground, so that the performance of its bespoke air intake, fuel and electrical systems can be checked.

Richard Noble, project director, said: “The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far. They will provide important data on the performance of the car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we’ll use when we go record breaking.”