You may remember that currently the Land Speed Record stands at 763.035 mph, with the man in control back then – Andy Green – being the only one to break the sound barrier on land.
Now the man and Richard Noble – who is the team leader and himself a record man, posting it in the Thrust 2 at 633.468 mph before the former snatched the glory – will go for another attempt in the Bloodhound SSC. If you’ve been with us you know some details about this ultimate land speed machine. The car itself was first shown to the public in London back in September 2015. It’s a jet and rocket powered car that will ultimately attempt to break the Land Speed Record next year in October – two decades after the Green record run. With the same man at the helm, the car will be built and tested in June 2017 during a shakedown run at Newquay airport, aiming for a rather small speed of just 200 mph.
If all goes according to plan, the Bloodhound will then be taken by air to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa for the record attempt. The initial target will be to reach 800 mph, but this massive operation will ultimately endeavor to reach 1000 mph. By the way, to make all possible, an entire village is built at the attempt site out of 16 containers. And the Bloodhound car will be trial-loaded onto a Boeing 747 taking it to Africa at the Farnborough Air Show next week. This is because the turn-around team wants to practice the 40-minute process of getting the car refuelled and ready for its return run. The containers also include a state-of-the-art workshop and a TV studio – because images and telemetry will be streamed live from Bloodhound during the record runs.