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Bloodhound supersonic car ramps up its speed

November 7, 2019 - The British-built Bloodhound LSR supersonic car has reached its highest speed yet of 501mph (806km/h) in a test run across Hakskeen Pan in South Africa.

The speed, recorded on Wednesday, is an important milestone for the Bloodhound project, which is attempting to break the current land speed record of of 763mph (1,228km/h). That attempt won’t happen for at least a year in order to allow time for more testing.

Bloodhound is currently powered by a Eurofighter jet engine, which delivers about nine tonnes of thrust – enough to reach speeds of up to 650mph (1,050km/h). For the record attempt, the addition of a rocket motor will hopefully send the car through the sound barrier and ultimately past 1,000mph (1,600km/h).

PUBLISHED:07/11/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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