Bloodhound Supersonic Car – a new car, (developed by the Norwegian aerospace company Nammo), able to overcome the sound barrier, made a test run at Newquay Airport (Cornwall). Its goal is to break the world speed record on the surface of the earth, reaching 1600 km / h. The public debut of the car took place in 2015. Since then, the team is slowly and aggressively going to the intended goal. The project started almost 10 years ago.
Recently there were races on the tracks in the vicinity of Cornwall, during which the car reached a speed of 210 km / h in only 8 seconds. Equipped with a jet engine EJ200 (from the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter) company Rolls-Royce, the car reached an overload of 1.5 g, rushing past the runway with a length of 2.7 km. According to the pilot of the car Andy Green, this speed is just a training on the way to the ultimate goal of 1600 km / h.
During the tests several parameters of the car were checked, in particular, the wheels from the British fighter-interceptor English Electric Lightning. The big problem is still the braking of a 5-ton car on a three-kilometer strip with insufficient adhesion of tires to the surface.
“During the initial dynamic tests,” Andy Green continues, “to accelerate the car to 320 km / h, I remove my leg from the gas by 200 km / h, and for two more seconds it continues to accelerate. Then for the next two seconds I gently brake to warm up the carbon fibers of the disc brakes before completely stopping the machine until it stops. “
Continuation of the tests will be arrivals on the bottom of the dried-up Lake Hakskin Pan in South Africa in 2020, where an attempt will be made to break the world speed record.