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500mph target has been set for Bloodhound in October

11 July 2019

Bloodhound LSR will run for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2019.

Image courtesy of Bloodhound LSR

Following the successful 200mph UK runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay in October 2017, the team will be targeting 500mph – a key milestone on the journey to setting a new world land speed record. The record runs are currently scheduled for late 2020.

Preparing for deployment

Since the project’s relaunch in March 2019, the team have been focusing on both the logistics of deploying the team and car to the Kalahari Desert and converting the car from its runway design to high speed testing spec. This has included upgrating springs and dampers, and adding the parachute braking system, more air pressure and load sensors, and a fire detection and suppression system.

The first digital era record attempt

The Bloodhound LSR team’s attempt on the world land speed record is the first in the digital era. Data from hundreds of sensors on the car will be shared in real time to allow budding engineers to see exactly how the car is behaving as it dices with physics. The trials in South Africa will enable the team to test this data distribution, as well as the live video stream, at high speeds in preparation for the land speed record runs.

It will also be a full-dress rehearsal for the record-breaking campaign, with the team using the time to develop its operational procedures, perfect its practices for desert working and test radio communications.

Bloodhound LSR CEO Ian Warhurst said: “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. In addition, we’re running the car on a brand-new surface. The wheels have been designed specifically for this desert lake bed, but it will still be vital to test them at high speeds before making record speed runs.”


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