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05/10/2017 BLOODHOUND IS GO!

BLOODHOUND SSC will make its first ever public run on 26 October 2017 at Aerohub Enterprise Zone, Cornwall Airport Newquay. This will be part of a series of key development tests for the jet engine, Car and team, and takes place 20 years after Thrust SSC set the current World Land Speed Record of 763.035 mph.


In October 2017, Wing Commander Andy Green, current holder of the World Land Speed Record, will drive the Car for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, putting it through its paces. The runway trials will mark the culmination of a month of tests to prove the Car’s steering, brakes, suspension, data systems, and so on, as well as the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon. Thousands of visitors are expected to come and see history being made as BLOODHOUND SSC is driven at speeds of up to 200mph on the 1.7 mile (2.7km) runway. Before it moves under its own power, BLOODHOUND SSC will first undergo several days of static ‘tie-down’ tests. The jet engine will be run up, with the Car chained to the ground, so that the performance of the Car’s bespoke air intake, fuel and electrical systems can be checked. All being well, dynamic testing will then follow on.


Richard Noble, BLOODHOUND’s Project Director, said, “The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the Project so far. They will provide important data on the performance of the Car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we’ll use when we go record breaking".


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