Bloodhound Project announces target date for record attempt

Issue date: 04 July 2016

The team behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car has announced when it will attempt to break the land speed record.

A target date for the 800mph attempt has been set for October 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the current land speed record being registered.

The existing record of 763mph was set on 15 October 1997 in Thrust SSC by Wing Commander Andy Green, who will again be behind the wheel when Bloodhound attempts to make history.

The recent signing of major deals means the Bloodhound Project now has sufficient funding pledged to complete the car and start the countdown to high speed testing at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, in autumn next year. A major programme of work to become 'race ready' now begins in earnest.

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a founding sponsor of the Bloodhound Project, and is leading university level engagement in the initiative, developing materials and case studies for use by partner universities. The Bloodhound team is making all the data generated available for use in education.

Bloodhound SSC will travel under its own power for the first time at Newquay in June 2017, in a slow speed (220 mph) test. By this time the team's rapid response and turnaround crews will have done extensive training ready to support high speed running in South Africa.

Project Director Richard Noble said, "This is probably the biggest moment in the project's history. Before, we could only see financially a few months ahead but now we can put our foot down and really go for it.

"We're in this position thanks to the incredible support of our partners and sponsors, and the dedication and sacrifice of many people, including a skeleton crew who have held the fort and quite literally kept the lights on.

"Most of all it has been the amazing public response that has sustained us.

"Thousands of children up and down the country are racing model rocket cars and there is tremendous public enthusiasm for the project wherever we go.

"We have come through this difficult stage wiser, leaner and fitter. Bloodhound is now in race preparation which means the pace and the pressure will ramp up but so too will the sense of satisfaction as we head towards our car breaking the sound barrier for the first time, with the world watching."

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