The Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) will turn a wheel in anger for the first time in November this year with a 200 MPH (320km/h) trial in the UK.
The trial will take place at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall, and will be followed by a series of high-speed desert tests in South Africa around this time next year.
Bloodhound’s creators say the project is “well advanced”, but airbrakes and winglets will be added to the package before 2016 testing commences.
The team said weather conditions during the South African winter (the UK summer) will be ideal for testing. A group will be deployed to South Africa in the months before testing commences to prepare for the car’s arrival.
From there, it’s hoped Bloodhound can achieve the team’s ultimate goal of breaking the 1000 MPH (1600km/h) barrier to set a new world land speed record.
This would smash the previous record of 763 MPH (1221km/h) by 237 MPH (379km/h), which is currently held by the Thrust SSC. Bloodhound project director Richard Noble also had a hand in Thrust’s record run.
The record attempt is set to take place at Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa - chosen due to its perfectly flat 19km length and 3km width.
At full tilt, Bloodhound will be eating up 1.6km of earth every 3.6 seconds.
Power comes from three sources: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 410kW supercharged Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump.
Collectively, the powerplants create 135,000 thrust HP (100,710 thrust kW), which the team says is equivalent to 180 F1 cars.
Before the November test, the team hopes to pull the covers from the finished product with a public unveiling set down for August in the UK.
Bloodhound features a titanium floor, a two-metre high tail fin, a carbon-fibre monocoque painted to aerospace standards and special wheels designed to cope with the 1600km/h target speed.
The team said the Bloodhound SSC project is being followed in over 220 countries, while in the UK, around 100,000 school children are enjoying “Bloodhound activities and lessons” each year.
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