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UK News Paint tears off British-built Bloodhound car as it goes supersonic and reaches 628mph during test run in South African desert

13:31  19 november  2019
13:31  19 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The British - built Bloodhound LSR, dubbed the 'world's fastest car ', has hit speeds of 628 mph during a warm-up for its 1,000mph record-breaking attempt The landbound jet carried out the test run on a racetrack in the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa this weekend. The car 's team tweeted the news

British - built Bloodhound car goes supersonic and reaches 628 mph during test run , causing paint to peel off the vehicle, in quest to Bloodhound LSR carried out test runs in the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa. The British jet-powered car goes faster still during trials on a dried-out

The British-built Bloodhound LSR, dubbed the 'world's fastest car', has hit speeds of 628mph during a warm-up for its 1,000mph record-breaking attempt, causing paint to peel off the vehicle as it went supersonic.

The landbound jet carried out the test run on a racetrack in the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa this weekend.

The car's team tweeted the news, writing: 'Bloodhound LSR is thrilled to have hit 628mph/1010kmh today. Concluding our high speed test programme.'

a plane sitting on top of a sandy beach: The British team behind Bloodhound are continuing towards their goal of breaking the world land speed record after the vehicle shot past 600 mph © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The British team behind Bloodhound are continuing towards their goal of breaking the world land speed record after the vehicle shot past 600 mph a large body of water: The vehicle's speed caused paint to be stripped from the sides as it zoomed away © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The vehicle's speed caused paint to be stripped from the sides as it zoomed away

The vehicle's speed caused paint to be stripped from the sides as it zoomed away.

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The Bloodhound LSR hit 628 mph in the South African desertCredit: Instagram/ bloodhound _lsr. Driven by British RAF Wing commander Andy Green, the Sensors during the test show that the airflow beneath the car went supersonic , causing the paint near the front wheels to be stripped back.

Not long ago, the Bloodhound supersonic car was on the brink of bankruptcy, and the project came close to shutting down altogether. But after test runs at the Hakskeen Pan dry lake bed race track in South Africa, the car seems to be pulling ahead. It reached 628 MPH (1,010 km/h) in 50 seconds

Bloodhound LSR said: 'Sensors during its 628mph run show that the airflow beneath the car went supersonic.

'It stripped the paint from an area three metres back from the front wheels.'

Driver Andy Green, who already holds the land speed record, told the Mirror: 'The stability and confidence the car gives me as a driver is testament to the years of world class engineering that has been invested in her by team members past and present.

'With all the data generated by reaching 628mph, we're in a great position to focus on setting a new world land speed record in the next year or so.'

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South African test concludes with a whopping final top speed. Bloodhound has finished its high speed testing programme in South Africa, hitting 628 mph . Andy Green lifted off the throttle at 615mph, and the car ’s momentum, plus the last of the fuel running through the Rolls-Royce EJ200

Powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200, the same jet engine used in the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, the car hurtles so fast across the salt pan track that a twin parachute is needed to bring it to a halt.

With the aerodynamic lines of a rocket, Bloodhound was designed and built in Britain by Grafton LSR.

It was taken apart and air-freighted to South Africa, where it was reassembled. Its crew is working flat out in South Africa to refine all aspects of the car.

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Bloodhound , the jet engine-powered earth rocket, has closed out its high-speed testing in the South African desert with a 628 - mph run captured on video. The sound as it passes by the camera is jaw-dropping. An analysis showed that the airflow beneath the car went supersonic and stripped paint

Bloodhound Supersonic Car reached speeds of more than 200mph (320kph) as it hurtled down a The team eventually hope to reach 1,000mph at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in two years time. Wing Commander Green said the test runs in Newquay would hopefully silence critics of the project

Phase one of Bloodhound LSR's plans is to break the current world land speed record, which stands at 763mph.

It then hopes to reach the staggering speed of 1,000mph.

'The whole team has been on a buzz since arriving here a few weeks ago to knock out the teething problems,' said Green, 57, a jet fighter pilot for Britain's Royal Air Force who says his hobby is driving straight-line racing cars. 'We're working together to get the car up to top speed.'

Ultimately, Bloodhound's jet engine will be boosted by a rocket engine with the goal of safely reaching 1,000 mph (1,609 kph), faster than the 767 mph (1,234 kph) speed of sound.

History of the world land speed record

1904: Frenchman Louis Rigolly becomes the first man to drive a car at 100mph, taking the record from American carmaker Henry Ford

1927: Briton Henry Segrave passes the 200mph mark, driving the Sunbeam 1000 HP Mystery in Florida

1963: American Craig Breedlove sets the first record with a jet-powered car, reaching 407mph, although it was not ratified as the official record until later

1964: Breedlove reaches 500mph, driving at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States

1983: Britain reclaims the record when Richard Noble drives Thrust2 at 634mph

1997: Andy Green breaks the record twice in the same year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, reaching the current benchmark of 763mph in October that year while driving ThrustSSC

2020: Bloodhound manufacturers hope to beat the record

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