The jet used in the vehicle is a tried-and-tested component used by Rolls-Royce to develop the production engines for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The rocket is a new design, however, and further work will be required before engineers sign it off for use in the car.
Bloodhound SSC will travel under its own power for the first time at Newquay in June 2017, in a slow speed (c.220mph/354km/h) shakedown 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. This will include rehearsing ‘the pit stop from hell’, which is an intense 40-minute period between timed runs during which time the car will be checked, refueled and made ready for the return leg.
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July 6, 2017