Bloodhound land speed record auto goes past 500 miles per hour

Bloodhound LSR High Speed Testing

Bloodhound LSR High Speed Testing

The current land speed record is 763.035 miles per hour, so the team believes it has more than enough headroom to beat that mark.

That sort of over-engineering is necessary, because if the Bloodhound ultimately performs to its design, it will be capable of speeds in excess of 1,000 miles per hour.

Engineers for the team are gradually inching closer to the mark by speeding up by 50 miles per hour each day in a bid to hit 500 miles per hour.

The team experienced a few teething troubles while trying to get the vehicle fired up for its first desert outing in mid-October, but once that had all been resolved, the auto made its maiden run, hitting 160km/h in an attempt to check if the steering and brakes were in working order.

While the Bloodhound car's current aim is beating the land speed record, its ultimate goal is to reach the staggering speed of 1,000 miles per hour!

The 334mph test is a huge milestone for the motor, with it easily surpassing its previous fastest speed of 200 miles per hour.

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And at full speed, the supersonic auto can cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

The current record of 763mph (1,228km/h) was set 22 years ago, also by Andy Green, in the Thrust SSC vehicle.

"There was strong cross wind gusting at over 15 miles per hour and we've established that this is pretty much the limit for running in the vehicle".

"I've been impressed with the tenacity of the team to work through a challenging first week of testing in the Kalahari Desert".

"On #ThisisEngineeringDay, the Bloodhound LSR went 501mph / 806kmh on the Hakskeenpan during our high speed testing programme with the aim of breaking the land speed record in 2020", the team said in an update on Twitter. "British engineering at its finest".

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