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Bloodhound’s first public run set for October.

Wednesday 14 June 2017, By Autovolo

Bloodhound’s first public run set for October.

Bloodhound’s first public run set for October.

Bloodhound SSC is set to run for the first time later this year.

The supersonic car will be set to run at the Cornwall Airport Newquay in October, 20 years after the current record of 763.035 mph was set by Andy Green in Thrust SSC. Green will be behind the wheel for the runway trials on October 26, 28 and 30. 

The trials will act as the culmination of a month proving the car’s steering, brakes, suspension, data systems, and so on, as well as the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon. Tickets to attend the event are available, with thousands expected to attend to see Bloodhound run at speeds of up to 200mph.

Before it moves under its own power, the car will undergo several days of static tests. All being well, dynamic testing will then follow on.

Richard Noble, Bloodhound’s project director, said: “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.”

The Bloodhound project has been in existence since 2008, and has received backing from the likes of Castrol, Jaguar, Geely, and engine supplier Rolls-Royce.