The Bloodhound LSR is alive and ready to break a world record

At one point, it almost looked like the whole Bloodhound LSR project was about to be abandoned but thankfully, or not, depending on your point of view, that didn't happen and the Bloodhound is still very much alive and ready to set a new land speed record.

The project, launched by the UK Land Speed Record Centre in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, is still in the making and in the film you'll see the vehicle doing some test runs on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. These tests are designed to test brakes first and foremost, as confirmed by chief engineer Mark Chapman who said that "this is all about making it stop and testing air brakes, wheel brakes and parachutes".

Engineers are going to test the vehicle at increasingly higher speeds over the next few weeks. The goal is to reach a benchmark of 500 mph, thus enabling the team to gather data and stress test the vehicle because, as confirmed by Chapman himself, "many things start to happen in that range. The front wheels, for example, only actually work up until 400 mph. Above that speed they're rudders."

The current land speed record is 763.035 mph and realistically, the Bloodhound LSR is going to try and beat that record in 12-18 months.

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  • 142mph - In 1972 on my Kawasaki Z1, lightly modified: (blueprinted, bumped cam, rejetted carbs, Jardine 4 into 2 headers, a less stable 21 year old me)

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    • Me likes what me sees and hears :O :D

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    • In compliance with Federal Full Disclosure Legislation: I also road in a locksmith's Mustang GT to 158mph but I thought this was about what WE actually drove.

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  • 305 KMH (190mph) is where my RS6 is stopped by it‘s limiter

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