Bloodhound SSC finally runs, breaks 210mph in first runway test ars_ab.settitle(1194765)

Achieving that goal will require more space than is possible on a runway in the United Kingdom, but today's shakedown test saw RAF Wing Commander Andy Green-the current Land Speed Record holder-hit 210mph in just eight seconds.

"Stopping a slippery, five ton vehicle, running on low-grip aircraft tires, is a challenge within the relatively limited length of the 2.7km runway here, particularly as the auto continues accelerating after I lift off the throttle", Green explained.

A supersonic auto that has been created to reach a world land speed record of 1,000 miles per hour (mph) has undergone its first public test run in England.

Along a runway at the Newquay Airport in southwest England earlier today, the Bloodhound Supersonic Car zoomed past its hopeful goal of 322 km/h (200 mph).

Today's trails are testing the car's steering, brakes, suspension, and data systems.

Bloodhound SSC is created to reach 1,000mph in a bid to set a record that can not be beaten by existing technology.

It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The recent tests saw the Bloodhound complete two runs in Cornwall, reaching 210 miles per hour from a standing start in just eight seconds.

The vehicle aims to break the world land speed record in 2019 on a specially-constructed track that has been prepared on a dried-out lakebed in Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa.

It also aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by visiting schools nationwide.

Speaking after the Newquay test was completed, he said: "We came here to show the world Bloodhound is go". "I'm designed for supersonic speed, but this I can do easily".

  • Eleanor Harrison