Bloodhound SSC To Attempt New Land Speed Record Next Year

Record

It successfully hit 200 mph last year, but Bloodhound’s ultimate goal is to set break 1,000 mph.

Next year promises to be a year of speed record attempts. Hennessey is aiming to break the 300-mph barrier in a production car using the Venom F5. The Bloodhound team, on the other hand, is chasing a new land speed record. Significant progress was made last year, as after years of development the Bloodhound SSC jet car successfully completed its first test run at 200 mph. The plan was to attempt a 500-mph run in South Africa's Northern Cape desert this year, but this has now been postponed until May 2019 once again due to financial setbacks.

RAF Wing Commander Andy Green will then attempt to break his previous land speed record before the end of 2019, with a target speed of 800 mph. Bloodhound’s ultimate goal, however, is to hit 1,000 mph in 2020. To cut costs, the car won’t be shipped back to the UK between its first and final test runs next year. According to Autocar, money saved from this decision is said to have kept the project on track. Reaching 500 mph will be risky, since the car relies on its aerodynamics between 400 mph and 500 mph, and is a lot less stable. For the first time, the Bloodhound’s aluminium wheels will be used for the test because the tires on regular wheels would disintegrate at these speeds.

You Might Also Like
10 Things To Know About The All-New BMW 8 Series
10 Things To Know About The All-New BMW 8 Series
These Are The Thirstiest Cars On Sale Today
These Are The Thirstiest Cars On Sale Today

The final test before the end of 2019 will be crucial since Bloodhound is aiming to top 800 mph, beating Green’s 763-mph land speed record set in 1997. Extra rocket motors will need to be added before the Bloodhound can attempt its 1000-mph land speed record in 2020. Green said that the thrust for this run will reach 20 tonnes – that’s equivalent to the power all nine RAF Red Arrows Hawk aircraft, or 180 Formula 1 cars, can produce.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$417,825

Related Reviews

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Review
Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan
0
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Review