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

Credit: 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.

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.

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
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.