First News - - Front Page - by Ed­die de Oliveira

BLOODHOUND SSC, the car that will one day travel at 1,000mph, has suc­cess­fully passed its first big test by hit­ting 210mph.

The su­per­sonic ve­hi­cle was tested at Newquay Air­port in Corn­wall. In front of 3,500 spec­ta­tors – and many more watch­ing on­line or on TV – driver Andy Green made two runs along the 2.7km (9,000ft) run­way, go­ing from 0-210mph in just eight sec­onds.

The car was pow­ered by a Rolls Royce en­gine that is usu­ally found on a Eurofighter Typhoon com­bat air­craft. Dur­ing the test drive, the brakes heated up to nearly 1,000°C!

Af­ter com­plet­ing the drive, Andy said: “The de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing team has done an in­cred­i­ble job with BLOODHOUND SSC. Although 210mph is far be­low the car’s ul­ti­mate tar­get of 1,000mph, to­day was a proper work­out for the ve­hi­cle.”

Andy also pointed out that, at 21.5 min­utes in length, the Newquay test rep­re­sented the long­est pe­riod that the car had been run for. This is im­pres­sive given that it’s de­signed to travel for just two min­utes in the desert, where the 1,000mph at­tempt will even­tu­ally be made.

Fol­low­ing the test, the BLOODHOUND team took part in a day of ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties with more than 3,000 chil­dren and young peo­ple.

The speedy BLOODHOUND SSC on the run­way in Corn­wall

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