A car with a jet engine built by Rolls-Royce, which is intended to smash land speed records, has begun testing in the South African desert.
The Bloodhound supersonic car reached a top speed of 334 km / h during tests this week.
Engineers are planning to reach the current record of 763 miles per hour, set 22 years ago by British RAF wing commander Andy Green in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, driving the Thrust supersonic car.
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The Bloodhound land speed record car from Rolls-Royce reached a top speed of 334 mph during tests this week in Hakskeenpan in the South African desert.
Mr Green will also run the Bloodhound this time and hopes to beat his own record, and promises an & # 39; attack & # 39; on the benchmark in 2020.
Powered by the engine of a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, the team hopes that Bloodhound will be able to reach higher speeds by increasing 50 miles per hour step by step with each run.
The EJ200 jet engine has been partially developed by Rolls-Royce and the car will produce 135,000 thrust, equivalent to more than 150 Formula 1 cars.
Andy Green will also run the Bloodhound this time (photo) and hopes to beat his own record, and promises an & # 39; attack & # 39; on the benchmark in 2020
Bloodhound LSR is undergoing tests in preparation for the attempt of 2020 or 2021 in the very flat mud and salt pan of Hakskeenpan in the South African desert.
If successful, designers hope to push the car to an unprecedented 1,000 km / h in the future.
The first run was attempted on October 25 and reached 100 mph, the second 200 mph and the third and most recent attempt hit 334 mph – the third run meant the first time the afterburner turned on in the car's jet engine, reports Motorsports Magazine.
The Bloodhound driver, Andy Green, told the publication: “We have had two very successful runs today, with the second run at a maximum speed of 334 mph – going from 50 mph to 300 mph in 13 seconds.
What are the Bloodhound car's specifications?
Length: 44 feet
Weight: 7.5 tonnes
Height: 9ft 2in
Speed: The car is trying to beat the 763 mph speed record next year. It is hoped that it could someday reach 1000 km / h
Engine: Rolls-Royce EJ200 engine used in Eurofighter Typhoon jets
Wheels: 95 kg aluminum wheels run at 10,200 rpm at full speed
Temperature in the rocket: 5,432F (3000C)
& # 39; There was a strong gust of wind at more than 15 km / h and we have determined that this is almost the limit for running in the car.
We are happy because this was a successful test, now we are ready to move on to higher speeds. & # 39;
A 10-mile desert track has been set up in what, according to the organizers, is the & # 39; largest piece of land ever released by hand for a motorsport event & # 39 ;.
Funded by the South African authorities, the local population have moved 16.239 tons of rock from 237 million square meters of dry soil.
Bloodhound staff can lay as many as 25 separate tracks next to each other because the car splits the surface when it is running at extreme speeds.
The 7.5-tonne car was dismantled and transported via air freight to South Africa to limit any shocks and bumps that could disrupt precise alignment – before being rebuilt in the desert.
Bloodhound staff can lay as many as 25 separate tracks next to each other because the car breaks up the surface when traveling at extreme speeds
During the tests, data is collected by 192 pressure sensors that measure the airflow on the car – while the car accelerates and then try wheel brakes, air brakes and towing parachutes to slow the car.
This can be used to analyze how the car reacts under different forces and adjustments can be made before the record attempt.
Test drives described as & # 39; low-speed & # 39; tests – which nevertheless reached 200 km / h – were previously conducted in Cornwall in 2017.
For the record attempt, the Bloodhound will also be equipped with a monopropellant rocket and the jet engine.
The 7.5-tonne car was dismantled and transported via air freight to South Africa to limit any shocks and bumps that could disrupt precise alignment – it was then rebuilt in the desert
Unveiling: the Bloodhound car, built in England, powered by the engine of a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet, exhibited in the desert of Hakskeenpan
Bloodhound LSR technical director Mark Chapman told Motorsports Magazine: “Transforming Bloodhound from a runway car to one that can reach speeds in the transonic range on the desert circuit has been no small task.
& # 39; The team of engineers, artisans, manufacturers and technicians has made every effort to upgrade the car in just a few months since the rescue of the administration last December.
& # 39; After many years of preparation, we can't wait to go to Hakskeenenpan and let Bloodhound on the leash to see how it performs. & # 39;
The project suffered a setback last year when the company behind it went into administration.
Desert Test: The car hopes to reach speeds of up to 500 mph as it prepares for the 763 mph record reached by former fighter pilot Andy Green in 1997
The jet-powered vehicle was flown to Johannesburg and then transported another 570 miles to the desert where tests will take place
But it was saved from scrap heap when British entrepreneur Ian Warhurst bought the company in December 2018.
& # 39; The wheels have been specially designed for this desert bed, but it remains vital to test them at high speeds before they reach record speeds & # 39 ;, he said earlier this year.
Record holder Mr. Green said: "After years of efforts to prepare the car and after nearly a decade of preparation of our desert trail by the Northern Cape Government, we are happy to finally be here."
& # 39; In the coming weeks we will be able to test the car and train the team, ready for our attack on the outright land speed record next year. & # 39;
History of the world speed record
1904: Frenchman Louis Rigolly becomes the first man to drive a car at 100 km / h and reach the record of the American car manufacturer Henry Ford
1927: Brit Henry Segrave passes the 200 km / h mark and controls the Sunbeam 1000 HP Mystery in Florida
1963: American Craig Breedlove sets the first record with a jet-powered car, reaching 407 mph, although it was not ratified as the official record until later
1964: Breedlove reaches 500 mph, driving on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States
1983: Great Britain wins back the record when Richard Noble Thrust2 runs at 634mph
1997: Andy Green breaks the record twice in the same year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada and reached the current benchmark of 763 mph in October of that year while driving with ThrustSSC
2020: Bloodhound manufacturers hope to beat the record
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