The Bloodhound Land Speed Record project has confirmed its plans to run the Bloodhound LSR car for the first time on its dry lake bed race track in South Africa next month [October 2019].
Final tests were carried out today [September 30] and the car will be sent off to the Kalahari desert next week.
Following successful 200mph UK runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay in October 2017, the team will be targeting 500mph – a key milestone on the journey to setting a new world land speed record.
The Hakskeen Pan is one of the only places in the world that is long enough. It is the best place for us to run the car. There has been years of planning for this.
Since the Bloodhound's relaunch at it's new home in Berkeley, Gloucestershire in March 2019, the Bloodhound LSR team have been firmly back on the trail of a world land speed record.
Under new ownership, the freshly assembled Bloodhound LSR team have focussed on both the logistics of deploying the team and car to a remote corner of the Kalahari Desert, and converting the car from its runway design to high speed testing spec.
This has included adding the parachute braking system, uprating springs and dampers, adding more air pressure and load sensors, and a fire detection and suppression system.
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The Bloodhound LSR team’s attempt on the world land speed record is the first in the digital era. This means digital platforms will be sharing the data from hundreds of sensors in real time to allow budding engineers to see exactly how the car is behaving as it dices with physics.
The high speed trials in October will enable the Bloodhound LSR team to test the live video stream at high speeds, in preparation for the land speed record runs, currently scheduled for late 2020.
This phase of the Bloodhound LSR project will be funded through sponsorship and partnerships, with cash flow supported by the project’s investor, Ian Warhurst.
I have invested about seven figures now. The value of what we are doing here will be quite amazing to the sponsors that come on board. It is worth every penny.
The high-speed test programme will also be a full dress rehearsal for the record-breaking campaign, with the team using the time to develop its operational procedures, perfect its practices for desert working and test radio communications.
Having worked on this project for about 5 or 6 years, to start getting the project ready to go to the desert later this year is absolutely fantastic.
During low speed trials in 2017, driver Andy Green, the current World Land Speed Record holder, drove the previously blue and orange liveried car from a standing start to 200mph in eight seconds.
High speed testing is a key part of setting a new world land speed record. Building on everything we achieved in Newquay in 2017, we’ll learn a tremendous amount by going fast on the desert the Car was designed to run on. This is where science meets reality and it all starts to get really exciting!