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Bloodhound supersonic car "ready to go high speed racing"

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 01:24

Jet-and-rocket car is hoped to reach 1000mph in record attempt

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SHOWS: NEWQUAY, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 26, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. FIRST TEST RUN BY BLOODHOUND SUPERSONIC CAR 2. DRIVER WING COMMANDER ANDY GREEN CHECKING THE CAR BEFORE TEST 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BLOODHOUND DRIVER, WING COMMANDER ANDY GREEN, SAYING: "Absolutely thrilled. The whole team is proud of the achievement and very, very excited about the fact that we came here to say: 'Bloodhound is go'. And that's exactly what we managed to demonstrate today. This car is designed to do supersonic speeds on a 12 mile track in South Africa. It is not designed to go drag racing on a short runway strip here at Cornwall airport Newquay. So it's way out of its comfort zone but it made that look easy today." 4. DRIVER WING COMMANDER ANDY GREEN HIGH-FIVING SPECTATOR 5. GREEN POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPH AFTER TEST 6. VARIOUS OF BLOODHOUND RUNNING SECOND SPEED TEST DOWN THE RUNWAY 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BLOODHOUND DRIVER, ANDY GREEN, SAYING: "The reason it worked brilliantly, it's not just the car that's ready to go faster. We've got a team of world class engineers here from the aerospace world, from the motorsport world who are ready to achieve just about anything and can take any of the challenges this car is going to face and just make it look easy. So we are now ready next year to go high speed racing." 8. BLOODHOUND SUPERSONIC CAR ON DISPLAY STORY: The Bloodhound Supersonic Car, a jet-and-rocket car on a wheeled chassis, was demonstrated in public for the first time on Thursday (October 26), performing two "slow speed" test runs to check systems and instruments. The car, which has four wheels, is designed to go supersonic, break the existing landspeed record and reach more than 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km/h) in runs next year. The driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, declared the tests at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, western England had gone exactly to plan and the car was "ready to go high speed racing." Green is well qualified to know. He is the holder of the current FIA landspeed record of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph) set at Black Rock Desert in USA on October 15, 1997 in ThrustSSC. More testing is planned in the next few days. Project personnel said the jet car had reached speeds of 200 to 210mph (about 337km/h) during the runs. The project literature explains that about half the eventual 135,000 brake horsepower is provided by a Eurojet EJ200, which would normally power a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet aircraft. The car will also use specially designed cluster of Nammo rocket engines for the record runs. These are suitable for powering rockets into space. The Bloodhound SSC will use both the jet engine and rocket engines to boost the car over the 1,000mph mark. The record attempt is being scheduled for some time in 2018 in Hakskeen, South Africa.

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Bloodhound supersonic car "ready to go high speed racing"

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 01:24