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Bloodhound: supersonic car could reach 500mph when it tests out 'the world's fastest race track'

The Bloodhound was designed and built in Bristol. Photo: Stefan Marjoram

A supersonic racing car designed to reach speeds of 1000mph will try out the race track where it hopes to break the world land speed record next year.

The Bloodhound, which was designed and built in Bristol, got to 200mph when it had its first UK trial runs at Newquay Airport in Cornwall.

The team behind the project have announced that they'll target speeds of 500mph when they take the car to its intended race track in South Africa, next October.

The Bloodhound has already reached speeds of 200mph. Credit: PA

Its hoped the car will eventually break the world land speed record at the dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape.

A team have been working at the site, dubbed "the world's fastest race track", for seven years.

The ‘Bloodhound 500’ trials will test the car’s performance and handling during one of its most vulnerable phases: the point between 400 and 500mph.

This is the moment when the car's stability is no longer governed by the wheels on the ground, but by its aerodynamics.

Final checks before the car was tested in public for the first time earlier this year. Credit: PA

Bloodhound 500 is a key milestone on the route to setting a 1000mph record. Building on everything we learned in Newquay this October, we’ll learn a tremendous amount by going fast on the desert the Car was designed to run on.

– Wing Commander Andy Green, driver of Bloodhound