The front wheels of the Bloodhound sit within its body, and its rear wheels are mounted externally within wheel fairings.
“The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far,” said project director Richard Noble. “They will provide important data on the performance of the car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we’ll use when we go record-breaking.”
Prior to its trial run, The Bloodhound will undergo several days of testing on the air intake, fuel and electrical systems, including its Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine.
The car has three power plants: the EJ200 – from a Eurofighter Typhoon – plus three Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 engine that combine to produce 135,000 thrust horsepower. To put that in perspective it’s the equivalent of 180 F1 cars!
The Bloodhound’s wheels spin 170 times per second, 10,200 rpm, allowing the car to go from zero to 1,000 mph in only 55 seconds.
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