Bloodhound SSC completes first public test run
The potentially record-breaking vehicle managed to reach 210mph.
The Bloodhound SSC has successfully completed its first ever set of public test runs, managing to reach a top-speed of 210mph in the process.
Driven by the current land speed record holder RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, the £10 million vehicle soared down the runway at Cornwall airport in front of around 4,000 spectators going from 0-210mph in just 8 seconds.
The test forms part of a larger plan to break the world record for fastest land speed in 2019 by reaching 800mph at a specially prepared dried out lake bed in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
“We've come here to show the world the Bloodhound is go," said Green after the event. "I can’t think of a better way of doing it than that run. The car went: ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ This is in my opinion the best land speed record car ever made. I can’t wait."
Powered by a formidable Roll Royce EJ200 jet engine, the Bloodhound SSC measures 13.4 metres and weigh 7.5 tonnes.
It's capable of producing more than 135,000 horsepower, a staggering six times more than the combined power of all the Formula 1 cars which are usually present on the track during a Gran Prix event.
The vehicle was assembled at Avonmouth, Bristol by a team of more than 350 professionals from a huge variety of different companies and universities following a lengthy period of research and design.
Green previously broke the land speed record all the way back in 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC to 763mph in an area of America’s Nevada Desert known as Black Rock.