Bloodhound supersonic land speed car set for Newquay

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Embargoed to 2000 Monday June 12 Handout picture from Flock London of the Bloodhound supersonic car. The Bloodhound 1,000mph supersonic racing car will be driven for the first time in Cornwall this October - 20 years after the current record of 763mph was set.

The Bloodhound supersonic will travel to Newquay airport in Cornwall for a series of 'low speed' tests before it competes for the land speed record in South Africa next year.

The supersonic machine is aiming for speeds of up to 1,000mph, although it isn't expected to reach anywhere near this sort of speed in Newquay.


Although the Cornish runway is more than 9,000 feet long, it still isn't enough to allow the Bloodhound to get up to its maximum speed.

Instead driver Andy Green will use the Eurofighter-Typhon jet engine to propel the car up to a more manageable 200mph.

Chief engineer Mark Chapman told the BBC: "It will be a big emotional moment for the team. We've gone from a computer design to an actual thing that will move down the runway.

"It will be a huge validation for the people who've stood by us all these years; it is happening. And, yes, it will also be a great shop window as we look to attract a bit more money to get us over the last few hurdles."

The idea behind the lower speed run is for the team to understand the intake of air into the jet engine and determine how they can manage the performance through this.

Chapman added: "Newquay will demonstrate that the cockpit talks to the rest of the car, and the rest of the car talks to the cockpit - and the whole thing then talks to the outside world."

There are ten cameras dotted across the body, which communicate with the cockpit and relay back information.

The first run will take place on Thursday October 26 and is strictly reserved for the press, VIPs and sponsors. The following Saturday, October 28 will be an open day for public viewing.