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Bloodhound's First Public Run: Supersonic Car to Start 'Slow' at 200 MPH

Bloodhound's First Public Run: Supersonic Car to Start 'Slow' at 200 MPH
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By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:46 AM

The Bloodhound supersonic car is making its first public run at Britain's Cornwall Airport Newquay where it is expected to reach its "slow speed" of 200 miles per hour on the runway.

The car's makers are hoping to break the world land speed record in Northern Cape, South Africa in 2019, the BBC News reported on Thursday. The world land speed record stands at 763.035 miles per hour, set by the Thrust SSC on Oct. 15, 1997, in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, according to Guinness World Record.

The Thrust SSC was officially the first car to break the sound barrier, Guinness said.

"This is about showing the world what we're about," Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green, who drove the Thrust SSC and will drive the Bloodhound SSC as well, BBC News said.

"We've designed and built the most extraordinary, sophisticated, high-performance land speed record car in history. It will do 0-200 mph in about eight seconds. For a five-ton vehicle – that's eye-popping performance," Green said.

The Mirror reported the runway trial is taking place after months of testing on the vehicle's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems, and other functions.

"The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far," Richard Noble, project director at Bloodhound SSC, told The Mirror. "They will provide important data on the performance of the car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we'll use when we go record breaking."

The BBC News stated that the Bloodhound has been faced with numerous technical challenges in an effort to reach its desired speed, such as working with the United Kingdom's Swansea University for five years to come up with the right shape for the car to run at that speed without flipping.

Noble told BBC News that he hopes Thursday's run should be proof that planning so far for the Bloodhound are on target.

"In 2018, we've decided we're going to run the car really fast," Noble said, per BBC News. "There are all sorts of variations on this in terms of the engineering fit and the location but it might be 600 mph or 700 mph."

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The Bloodhound supersonic car is making its first public run at Britain's Cornwall Airport Newquay where it is expected to reach its "slow speed" of 200 miles per hour on the runway.
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