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The Bloodhound LSR Just Hit 1010Kmph And It's Only Getting Started!


Aims to break the current land speed record by 2020

 

  • Comes on the back of the jet car that previously clocked 501mph (806kmph).
  • Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 gas turbine engine producing up to 54,000PS. Aims to hit 1000mph (1,609kmph).
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) was one of the engineering highlights in developing the aerodynamics of the car.
  • The project has faced a rocky journey with near scrappage in 2018 due to lack of funds.

The all-time land speed record of 763mph (1,227kmph) held by the Thrust SSC is getting ever closer to be beaten as the Bloodhound LSR has concluded its testing program in South Africa. It rounded off the test with a top speed of 628mph (1010kmph). This comes on the back of the jet car achieving  501mph (806kmph) a couple of weeks earlier. While it’s still some ways behind the all-time best, it still propels the Bloodhound LSR to 5th in the all-time rankings.

The jet car is powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 gas turbine engine producing a whopping claimed 54,000PS to target the stratospheric 1000mph (1,609kmph) mark. The College of Engineering at Swansea University was heavily involved in the aerodynamics of the Bloodhound. Some engineering highlights include the use of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) to make it slippery and stable on the road.

This project has had quite a rocky journey, with the project nearly being scrapped in late 2018 after 10 years in development due to a lack of funds. Thankfully, the project was saved by Yorkshire engineer and businessman Ian Warhurst, who purchased the Bloodhound business and assets to keep the project alive. 

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Team Bloodhound plans to unleash the full capacity of the Bloodhound LSR in 2020 and gun for the land speed record held by the Thrust SSC. Interestingly, the jet car will be piloted by the pilot who holds the current land speed record, Wing Commander and RAF pilot Andy Green. The countdown ticks on for 2020 and the day when history could be rewritten by reaching 1,000mph on land!

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