October 2019 date set for Bloodhound High Speed Test program
10th July 2019
The Bloodhound Land Speed Record team announced today that the Bloodhound LSR car will run for the first time on its dry lake bed race track at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in October 2019.
"We’re delighted to announce that Bloodhound LSR and the Bloodhound team will be going to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in October 2019 for high speed testing. 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.
The plans were confirmed at a press conference on 9th July by Bloodhound LSR CEO Ian Warhurst: “I’m thrilled that we can announce Bloodhound’s first trip to South Africa for these high speed testing runs.”
Ian went on to talk about this being the first world land speed record campaign of the digital era. “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.”
the Bloodhound LSR team has been hard at work preparing the car for these high speed test runs, upgrading and changing many aspects of the car following the successful low speed test runs at Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2017.
We’ll be using the high speed runs to test the car’s performance and handling at much higher speeds. It will also be a full dress rehearsal for the overall record-breaking campaign. This will include developing operational procedures, perfecting our practices for desert working and testing radio communications.
One of the most obvious changes to the car is the wheels, which have been swapped for the specially designed solid aluminium desert wheels. At the press conference Ian explained: “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.”
Finally the news we’ve all been waiting for…… Bloodhound is going to the desert this year!
1st August 2019
The accommodation is booked, deposits have been paid, and we’re arranging charter flights and sea freight space as I write.
Bloodhound will touch down in South Africa in the middle of October for 3-4 weeks of ‘High Speed Testing’ on the dry lakebed track at Hakskeenpan. This High-Speed Testing is a key part of getting ready for an attempt at a new 800+ mph Land Speed Record next year. We’re going to take our slow-speed runway Car, which we tested at 200 mph back in 2017, and turn it into a high-speed racing car.
To do this, we’re fitting the high-speed metal wheels, brake parachutes, pressure sensors, wheel fairings, and so on, ready for speeds well in excess of 500 mph. If things go really well for us out in South Africa, we might even finish up at a speed starting with a “6”, but anything over 500 will allow us to test the aerodynamics, wheels, chutes, etc., so we won’t be pushing too hard just yet. We’ll save that for next year.
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