Bloodhound LSR, the 1,000mph car, starts high-speed tests in October

Bloodhound LSR, the 1,000mph car, starts high-speed tests in October

Enlarge / Bloodhound LSR, wearing the tire-shod wheels it used for low speed testing. For high-speed runs, the car will use solid metal wheels instead. (credit: Bloodhound)

On Tuesday, we have some rare good news from England. Bloodhound LSR, the land-speed-record car designed to reach 1,000mph, will finally get to travel to South Africa to begin high-speed testing. Until now, the rocket- and jet-powered machine had only been able to test at low speed—if 210mph (338km/h) can be considered low speed—on a runway in the United Kingdom. But in October, the team will take it to a specially prepared stretch of the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa and begin to stretch Bloodhound’s legs.

It has been quite an up-and-down ride for the land-speed effort. The project was started by Richard Noble, who set a land-speed record in 1982 with Thrust 2 and then spearheaded the Thrust

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