Bloodhound: Hartlepool main aims to break records in supersonic car

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The world is about to get its first chance to see a supersonic car which could become a record-breaker with a Hartlepool man at the wheel.

The Bloodhound will make its public debut at East Wintergarden, in Canary Wharf in London on Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26.

Public interest in Bloodhound is incredible and we simply can’t get enough people into our Bristol Technical Centre to satisfy demand

Richard Noble

When it makes its world record bid, the car will be piloted by former RAF pilot and Hartlepool resident Andy Green.

In the meantime, Bloodhound will be on show later this month but without the carbon fibre bodywork on one side so that the car’s inner workings can be displayed.

Project director Richard Noble said: “Public interest in Bloodhound is incredible and we simply can’t get enough people into our Bristol Technical Centre to satisfy demand.

“We realised too that we have a unique opportunity to show the car before its carbon fibre and titanium skins are fitted in place, so people can see the extraordinary engineering inside.”

Mr Noble added: “This is a chance too for us to share our plans for record-breaking in 2016 and announce some exciting new partnerships. We have a host of international organisations discussing sponsorship proposals with us and hope to advance those deals during our Bloodhound Expo.

“With the car nearly complete our fund raising effort is now all about getting to South Africa and setting a new record in 2016.”

At full speed, the car will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds. It has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 650 bhp engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust hp, which is the equivalent of 180 Formula 1 cars.

Andy, who attended High Tunstall secondary school in the 1970s and lived in Stanhope Avenue, was brought onto the project as a consultant around six years ago.

At full speed, the car will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds, while the tests will determine whether it can reach the sought-after 1,000mph