Bloodhound SSC to make 200mph test run in Cornwall

Published: 15 June 2015

► 200mph test planned for Cornwall
► Diary date: 17 November 2015
► Part of build-up to 1000mph challenge 

The team behind the Bloodhound SSC land speed record is planning a 200mph dry-run – in Cornwall!

It’ll be the first public outing of the world land speed record bidder, which is gunning for a new 1000mph v-max, demolishing the previous 763mph record set by Thrust SSC.

Bloodhound’s Cornish outing

The SSC will make its world debut on 17 November 2015 in Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall, where it will test its latest gear. Don’t expect it to get anywhere near its 1000mph top speed, though; it will be restricted to 200mph on its English seaside outing.

After Cornwall, the supersonic jet car will then head to South Africa for summer 2016 testing. Airbrakes and new winglets (visible in this rendering by Flock and Siemens) will be added as the speed ramps up for the record trials on Hakskeen Pan’s 12-mile long, two-mile wide straight.

The Bloodhound is powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550bhp Jaguar V8. At full chat, it’s due to cover a mile in 3.6 seconds!

By Tim Pollard

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