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Bloodhound supersonic car heads to Newquay Airport for testing ahead of world record attempt

Photo: Bloodhound SSC

The supersonic car, Bloodhound, will be moved from the Avonmouth workshops to Cornwall today for extensive testing, ahead of its world record attempt.

It is hoped the Bloodhound will break the land speed record by travelling at more than 1000 miles per hour, or one mile every 3.6 seconds.

The vehicle, which has taken 10 years to develop, will be stationed at Newquay Airport for approximately a month from Thursday 21st September.

The car will be loaded onto a special trailer, draped in a protective cover.

Credit: Bloodhound SSC

The tests will be done to prove the car's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems and more.

The EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon, will also be tested.

135k hp
making Bloodhound 6x more powerful than all Formula 1 cars on the grid during a typical Grand Prix.

The supercar will be driven at speeds of up to 200mph by Wing Commander Andy Green, on the 1.7mile long runway on 28 October - a spectacle thousands of people have bought tickets for.

Commander Green is the current land speed record holder, hitting 763mph in 1997 from behind the controls of Thrust SSC.

Credit: Bloodhound SSC

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.

Just as importantly, it is a way of saying 'thank you', to the schools, students, families and companies, big and small, who support the project.

– Richard Noble, Project Bloodhound Director
Credit: Bloodhound SSC

The Bloodhound has more than 3,500 parts, making it one of the most technologically complex cars ever manufactured.

The 13.4-metre long car weighs 7.5-tonnes and is powered by a both a jet engine and rocket, producing more than 135,000 horsepower; making it six times more powerful than all of the Formula 1 cars on the grid during a typical Grand Prix.

We are proud to be waving a flag for British skills and innovation on a world stage but, most of all, this is about inspiring young people.

Last year alone we directly engaged with over 100,000 students in the UK and we have already seen more students take up engineering as result of Project Bloodhound.

With the Car running, we can showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the most exciting way possible. Bloodhound is go!"

– Richard Noble, Project Bloodhound Director