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Bloodhound Sniffs Victory as it Preps for 1,000 MPH Run

First test “a proper workout,” but the tough part is yet to come.

by on Oct.31, 2017

At 210 mph, the Bloodhound SSC was just warming up. It is designed to top 1,000 mph.

At just 210 mph it wasn’t much of a run for either Andy Green or the Bloodhound. But the first test drive of the jet-powered car was a clear sign that everything is coming together for what will a race for the record books.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Green’s first entry into the Guinness Book. On October 15, 1997, he became the first human to blast through the sound barrier in an earlier jet car, the ThrustSSC, reaching 714.144 miles per hour. Now, the 55-year-old Green is out to boost that number by more than 40 percent.

Setting Records!

It has been 10 years since the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, or SSC, project was first conceived. But it only this month made its first test run at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Green assessing the event as “a proper workout for the vehicle.”