Close-up of the air-intake and cockpit of Bloodhound SSC, on display at the 2018 London Motor Show

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Bloodhound SSC is a British supersonic land vehicle currently in development. Its goal is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h), achieving a new world land speed record. The pencil-shaped car, powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine, is designed to reach 1,050 miles per hour (1,690 km/h). It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever margin. Runway testing of up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) occurred on 26, 28 and 30 October 2017 in Newquay, Cornwall. Bloodhound SSC will then be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa, where a track 12 miles (19 km) long, 2 miles (3.2 km) wide has been cleared. In July 2016, it was reported that Andy Green would pilot the Bloodhound and attempt to break his own World Land Speed Record. In May 2018, the team announced plans to make a 500 mph run in 2019, and a 1000 mph run in 2020. prototype Eurojet EJ200 jet engine developed for the Eurofighter and bound for a museum, was donated to the project. This will take the car to 300 mph (480 km/h), after which a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by Nammo will boost the car up to 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). A third engine, a Jaguar supercharged V-8, will be used as an auxiliary power unit and to drive the oxidizer pump for the rocket. [12] Development testing of the initial Bloodhound SSC hybrid rocket motor was conducted by Daniel Jubb[13] of The Falcon Project with tests conducted in 2008-2013. Publicly disclosed tests were conducted in 2009[14] and 2012[15][16] including a run at Newquay Airport in GB.[17] In addition Daniel Jubb[18] designed, manufactured and test fired a full diameter 18" monopropellant HTP thruster[19] for the subsonic ground tests for Bloodhound SSC. "The Bloodhound team had been developing its own hybrid power unit in collaboration with Manchester based Falcon Project Ltd, and gave this rocket its first UK test firing in October 2012.
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