BLOODHOUND HITS 210MPH!
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