The Bloodhound LSR has already beaten its own speed record.
Just last week, the Bloodhound LSR reached a new milestone. After last year's financial setbacks, the jet car project is back on track and is currently performing high-speed tests at the Hakskeenpan desert racetrack to prepare the car for a new land speed record attempt.
During the first day of testing, the Bloodhound LSR achieved a speed of 334 mph, beating its previous highest speed of 200 mph at a runway in Newquay, England, back in 2017. In this speed run, the Bloodhound LSR went from 50 to 300 mph in just 13 seconds and 0-334 mph took less than 20 seconds.
Since then, driver and current land speed record holder Andy Green has increased the speed in subsequent tests, with the goal to reach 500 mph.
Last week, the Bloodhound LSR recorded a speed of 461 mph. A second run was planned but had to be aborted due to high winds and minor body damage. During its sixth run down the desert, the Bloodhound LSR nearly reached 500 mph, hitting 491 mph. The car was also more stable during the latest test run, possibly due to the lighter winds. "The aim of today was to measure the slowdown, from 500 down to 200, to measure the aerodynamic drag. We've got all that data, and now it's time to crunch the numbers," said Andy Green.
And now, just one day later, the Bloodhound LSR has successfully broken the 500 mph barrier, with a recorded speed of 501 mph during its seventh test run, which is the highest speed the jet car has achieved yet. This means the Bloodhound LSR has successfully beaten its target during the speed tests and is getting closer to setting a new land speed record.
The data gathered from these tests will be vital in preparing the car for its upcoming land speed record attempt next year, where it will try to beat the current record of 763 mph set by Andy Green back in 1997.