Are You Ready For The World’s Fastest Car?

Mon 21st Oct 2019

A car capable of achieving record-breaking speeds of 500mph is currently undergoing tests in the South African desert - and it’s British.

Built in a workshop in Gloucestershire, the Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record) doesn’t look like your average motor car, but then your average car won’t ever get near the world record speeds.

After completing ear-splitting tests at Newquay, the project has now moved from its home on the River Severn to a specially built desert racetrack in the Kalahari desert, which with 12-miles of track should be able to put the record-breaking car through its paces.

The Bloodhound LSR can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds and with solid aluminium wheels spinning at 10,200 revolutions per minute is expected to travel four times faster than a Formula One car’s top speed. The car is now set to test slowing down from its top speed to ensure that it is safe to reach its top speeds.

Mark Chapman, Bloodhound LSR Engineering Director, said: “Newquay was all about getting up to speed and finding out how quickly we could get the engine to full power and accelerate using max reheat.

“Andy [Green, the driver] was on the throttle for two seconds to reach 200 mph (322 km/h) in eight seconds.

“Here at the Hakskeenpan on a 10 mile (16 kilometre) track we can accelerate for much longer, achieve higher speeds and investigate the car’s stability, performance and drag, all crucial as we move towards setting a new world land speed record.”

Stopping the Bloodhound LSR will see the car slowdown using two parachutes which will pop out the back of the vehicle.

Though the British team are aiming to break the 500mph barrier, there are some suggestions that the Bloodhound LSR could even go as fast as 1000mph, however the team are just delighted to get to South Africa after 18-months of financial struggles in keeping the project moving forward. The record-breaking effort was rescued by Yorkshire businessman Ian Warhurst earlier this year.