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Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

Bloodhound land speed racer blasts to 628mph

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Bloodhound has now joined the exclusive club of land speed racers that have gone faster than 600mph (965km/h).Running across its dry lakebed track on Saturday, the British car's GPS sensors clocked 628mph (1,010km/h).Only six vehicles in the history of the land speed record have previously driven beyond 600mph.Bloodhound's achievement is notable because it's been running with only the thrust of a jet engine. The car's design allows for a rocket motor, too.When this is fitted next year, as planned, the arrow-shaped machine should be in a very strong position to smash the current world record of 763mph (1,228km/h).This was set 22 years ago by another British car, Thrust SSC. The driver back then was t...
Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

Bloodhound land speed car will be back racing next week

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The Bloodhound land speed challenger is likely to be back out on its South African lakebed track early next week.Engineers are now satisfied they understand why a heat alarm has been triggering on the car when it runs. Bloodhound was in the middle of trying to post a speed of 550mph (885km/h) on Friday when the sensor system alerted driver Andy Green that temperatures might be too high in the engine bay.He aborted, pulling up early having reached only 481mph (774km/h).Something similar occurred on Wednesday as well, although right at the end of the run when the vehicle was slowing down.But by Saturday afternoon, the British Bloodhound team had split open the upper-chassis of the car for inspection, including of that troublesome s...
Bloodhound car ramps up its speed to 461mph

Bloodhound car ramps up its speed to 461mph

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The Bloodhound vehicle has become the third fastest British car of all time - unofficially.The arrow-shaped racer clocked a speed of 461mph (741km/h) as it powered across a dried-out lakebed in southern Africa's Kalahari desert on Friday.This mark tops the 403mph (648km/h) recorded by Donald Campbell in his Bluebird CN7 car in 1964.The only British cars to have gone faster are Thrust2 and Thrust SSC which both got well above 600mph (965km/h).Thrust SSC still holds the absolute land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h) set in 1997.The driver on that occasion was RAF pilot Andy Green. The Wing Commander is at the controls again in Bloodhound. His new car's mark can only be unofficial because it was...
Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

Bloodhound takes first drive across the desert

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The Bloodhound supersonic car has completed its first drive across the Hakskeen dry lake in South Africa.Pilot Andy Green took the jet-powered vehicle on a gentle 100mph (160km/h) shakedown test run on Friday. Bloodhound is in Northern Cape for high-speed trials as it works towards an assault on the land speed record next year.That mark - of 763mph (1,228km/h) - was set 22 years ago, also by Andy Green, in the Thrust SSC car.Thrust broke the sound barrier in the process - the first, and only, car to have achieved the feat. Bloodhound will be run at progressively faster and faster speeds in the coming days as engineers seek to verify its design and the proper working of its subsystems. With a Euro...
Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing needed to go racing - even though the vehicle was all but built.But with the purchase of the car by entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound has been put on a new footing.Engineers are looking to start high-speed trials "as soon as possible".These could take place in the South African desert later this year, although team-members are being cautious about giving hard timelines for the re-booted venture.Mr Warhurst is determined, however, that the new set-up should keep its promises and deliver on its objecti...