A former Hartlepool man’s bid to break his own world land speed record will begin when a new UK super car makes its global debut this year.
Andy Green, who grew up in the town, holds the record, having hit 763mph in Thrust SSC at Black Rock Desert in Nevada, USA, in 1997.
We cannot rush to try to get to 1,000mph. The saying is: ‘You don’t hurry to go fast’.Richard Knight, Bloodhound spokesman
However, the 52-year-old is now part of a team which has produced Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic Car), which organisers are hoping will eventually reach 1,000mph.
Green will drive the UK-built car later this year in a 200mph trial at Newquay Aerohub, in Cornwall.
The project is being directed by Richard Noble, who was also project director for Thurst SSC and was the driver of Thrust 2, which held the record of 633mph between 1983 and 1997.
Organisers of the Bloodhound project hope the 1,000mph speed will be hit during a series of high-speed runs in a desert venue in South Africa, possibly next year.
Bloodhound spokesman Richard Knight said: “Hopefully we will be able to get the car up to 800mph once we get to South Africa.
“This is going to be a gradual process. We cannot rush to try to get up to 1,000mph. The saying is: ‘You don’t hurry to go fast’.”
The supersonic car is being assembled in Bristol, and will be fitted with airbrakes and winglets after its trial in Newquay.
That will enable it to start high-speed testing at Hakskeen Pan, in South Africa’s Northern Cape, next summer. 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.
Bloodhound’s three power plants are a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump.
Between them, they generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, which is equivalent to 180 Formula 1 cars.
More details will be announced in August, when Bloodhound will be shown in highly-assembled form at the team’s technical centre at Avonmouth, in Bristol.