It’s been a long time coming but it’s now confirmed that the jet-engined Bloodhound LSR is coming to South Africa to break the land speed record which currently stands at 1 228 kph, just shy of the speed of sound...
After much turmoil and funding dilemmas, the Bloodhound project is fired up yet again with the intention of smashing the land speed record on Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
Now backed by Ian Warhurst, a UK entrepreneur, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) supersonic prototype is coming to South Africa in October 2019 to conduct preliminary tests which will see it reach speeds of at least 800 kph with the official record attempt due to take place in 2020 where the Bloodhound LSR is expected to break the land speed record and exceed the speed of sound at 1 235 kph.
Talking to the BBC, Warhurst commented: “This is new territory for the Bloodhound project. Six months ago, all this seemed a long way out of reach, but this is a reality now. We’re paying out funds as we speak; we’re financially committed to going (to South Africa).”
The existing record of 1 228 kph was set in 1997 by the ThrustCC and driven by Andy Green, a former RAF pilot, who will once again be at the helm of the Bloodhound LSR.
During the testing runs, the Bloodhound LSR will be powered by a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine while full power will be achieved with the installation of a rocket engine for the actual record run in 2020.
“I’m thrilled that we can announce Bloodhound’s first trip to South Africa for these high-speed testing runs. This world land speed record campaign is unlike any other, with the opportunities opened up by digital technology that enabled the team to test the car’s design using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and that will allow us to gather and share data about the car’s performance in real time” said Warhurst.