Bloodhound preps for land speed record with 200MPH test run

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Meet Ron Ayers. the 85-year-old aerodynamicist behind the Bloodhound car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Meet Ron Ayers. the 85-year-old aerodynamicist behind the Bloodhound car

The Bloodhound SSC auto is a feast of engineering knowhow, blending technology from F1 cars, fighter jets and even spaceships.

It's finally happened. Nine years after the Bloodhound project was announced at London's Science Museum, the supersonic vehicle has completed its first test runs.

A auto built to go 1000 miles per hour has completed its first public tests.

Wing commander Andy Green is the current land speed record holder.

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Built for speed: Bloodhound SSC is created to set a new land speed record of 1,000mph.

Today's test just used Bloodhound SSC's EJ200 jet engine.

It also aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by visiting schools nationwide.

Green set the record at 1227,98 km/h 20 years ago. "I'm designed for supersonic speed but this I can do easily".

We'll have to wait until 2019 for the first record-breaking attempt.

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According to the project's website, Mr Green added: "The vehicle is already working faster and better than we expected". "I discovered during the initial dynamic tests that to get the auto to 200mph, I would have to take my foot off the throttle at 130mph as it then carries on accelerating for another two seconds".

The vehicle travelled from zero to 200 miles per hour in under 8 seconds, accelerating at 1.5 G.

These shakedown runs are of course necessary to make sure all systems are working as intended before the auto heads out to South Africa for its record attempt. The fuel pump driving oxidiser to the rocket motor is now powered by a 550bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine, but the team is investigating the possibility of replacing it with an electric motor - battery technology has come a long way since the days of Thrust SSC.

To install the rocket system, however, Bloodhound needs cash.

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