The British-built Bloodhound LSR, dubbed the ‘world’s fastest car’, has hit speeds of 628mph during a warm-up for its 1,000mph record-breaking attempt, causing paint to peel off the vehicle as it went supersonic.
The landbound jet carried out the test run on a racetrack in the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa this weekend.
The car’s team tweeted the news, writing: ‘Bloodhound LSR is thrilled to have hit 628mph/1010kmh today. Concluding our high speed test programme.’
The British team behind Bloodhound are continuing towards their goal of breaking the world land speed record after the vehicle shot past 600 mph
The vehicle’s speed caused paint to be stripped from the sides as it zoomed away
The vehicle’s speed caused paint to be stripped from the sides as it zoomed away.
Bloodhound LSR said: ‘Sensors during its 628mph run show that the airflow beneath the car went supersonic.
‘It stripped the paint from an area three metres back from the front wheels.’
Driver Andy Green, who already holds the land speed record, told the Mirror: ‘The stability and confidence the car gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that has been invested in her by team members past and present.
The landbound jet known as Bloodhound LSR carried out the test run on a racetrack in the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa this weekend
Former fight pilot turned driver Andy Green said they’re in a ‘great position’ to set the new land speed record
The Auxiliary fuel tank is installed on the Bloodhound LSR car as work continues on the car build during its high speed testing at Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa
‘With all the data generated by reaching 628mph, we’re in a great position to focus on setting a new world land speed record in the next year or so.’
Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200, the same jet engine used in the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, the car hurtles so fast across the salt pan track that a twin parachute is needed to bring it to a halt.
With the aerodynamic lines of a rocket, Bloodhound was designed and built in Britain by Grafton LSR.
In northwestern South Africa, near the border with Namibia, the dry lake has an alkali playa, or baked mud, surface and has been painstakingly cleared of all rocks
The jet-powered vehicle was flown to Johannesburg and then transported another 570 miles to the desert where tests have taken place
The car is powered by the same Rolls-Royce EJ200 engine used in Typhoon jets
It was taken apart and air-freighted to South Africa, where it was reassembled. Its crew is working flat out in South Africa to refine all aspects of the car.
Phase one of Bloodhound LSR’s plans is to break the current world land speed record, which stands at 763mph.
It then hopes to reach the staggering speed of 1,000mph.
‘The whole team has been on a buzz since arriving here a few weeks ago to knock out the teething problems,’ said Green, 57, a jet fighter pilot for Britain’s Royal Air Force who says his hobby is driving straight-line racing cars. ‘We’re working together to get the car up to top speed.’
Ultimately, Bloodhound’s jet engine will be boosted by a rocket engine with the goal of safely reaching 1,000 mph (1,609 kph), faster than the 767 mph (1,234 kph) speed of sound.
History of the world land speed record
1904: Frenchman Louis Rigolly becomes the first man to drive a car at 100mph, taking the record from American carmaker Henry Ford
1927: Briton Henry Segrave passes the 200mph mark, driving the Sunbeam 1000 HP Mystery in Florida
1963: American Craig Breedlove sets the first record with a jet-powered car, reaching 407mph, although it was not ratified as the official record until later
1964: Breedlove reaches 500mph, driving at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States
1983: Britain reclaims the record when Richard Noble drives Thrust2 at 634mph
1997: Andy Green breaks the record twice in the same year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, reaching the current benchmark of 763mph in October that year while driving ThrustSSC
2020: Bloodhound manufacturers hope to beat the record