Bloodhound LSR To Reach 805km/h in Upington
It’s been a rough ride for those of you who have been following the developments around the Bloodhound Programme. Many thought that the project had kicked the bucket after going into administration last year, but instead was rescued by an entrepreneur and lived to see another day. It’s been a year since then and the Bloodhound LSR is stronger than ever. So strong, in fact, that it’s heading to South Africa to complete its next round of high-speed testing.
The goal of the Bloodhound LSR jet car is to break the current land speed record of 1228km/h and to possibly go on to set a new record of more than 1609km/h. The last round of high-speed testing took place two years ago in England where the LSR completed a 322km/h run. This year the Bloodhound LSR makes its way to the Hakskeenpan desert in Upington, South Africa in an attempt to reach speeds of around 805km/h. The only difference between its South African testing and its England testing is that this is the first time the jet car has been equipped with its precision-machined solid aluminium wheels. These wheels can rotate more than four times faster than the wheels on an F1 car and have been designed to withstand supersonic speed.
The Bloodhound team will look for insights into how the car behaves during acceleration and deceleration at various speeds. This will be tested on the 16-kilometer Hakskeenpan desert racetrack building up to the 805km/h mark. Once the team and the LSR’s driver, Andy Green, are happy with their insights, they will conduct speed runs in increments of 80km/h. Conditions like temperature, moisture and wind speeds will also have to be closely monitored because they will all have an impact on the car at high speeds. During the high-speed runs, data from 192 pressure sensors will processed to see the different amounts of drag experience on each run. This will determine the size of the rocket that will have to be equipped to the car on its final 1228km/h run in 2021.