Blood­hound back on the trail

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The Blood­hound Land Speed Record project, un­der the new own­er­ship of Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR Ltd, will be tar­get­ing 500mph when it runs the Blood­hound LSR car for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in Oc­to­ber 2019. The high-speed tri­als will en­able the team to test the live video stream in prepa­ra­tion for the land speed record runs, cur­rently sched­uled for late 2020.

Ian Warhurst said: “I’m thrilled that we can an­nounce Blood­hound’s first trip to South Africa for th­ese high speed test­ing runs. This world land speed record cam­paign is un­like any other, with the op­por­tu­ni­ties opened up by digital tech­nol­ogy that en­abled the team to test the car’s de­sign us­ing com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics (CFD) and that will al­low us to gather and share data about the car’s per­for­mance in real time. In ad­di­tion, we’re run­ning the car on a brand new sur­face. The wheels have been de­signed specif­i­cally for this desert lake bed, but it will still be vi­tal to test them at high speeds be­fore mak­ing record speed runs.”

High speed test­ing us­ing the car’s Roll­sRoyce jet en­gine will test the car’s per­for­mance and han­dling dur­ing one of its most vul­ner­a­ble phases: be­tween 300 and 500mph the sta­bil­ity of the car tran­si­tions from be­ing gov­erned by the in­ter­ac­tion of the wheels with the desert sur­face to be­ing con­trolled by the ve­hi­cle’s aero­dy­nam­ics. The grip from the wheels will fall off faster than the aero­dy­namic forces build up, so this is likely to be the point where the car is at its least sta­ble.

High speed test runs for Blood­hound in Oc­to­ber

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