LONDON: The world\'s first ever supersonic car, presently in the making, has breached the 500mph (804km/h) 50 per cent of the speed the Bloodhound Supersonic car will ultimately travel. The Bloodhound Project started the 12-month countdown last week to its first land speed record attempt and celebrated Jaguar joining the programme as innovation partner, by staging a high-speed communications test at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. An L39 jet aircraft flew multiple passes down Bloodhound\'s specially prepared desert track, synchronised with the new All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe driven by project director Richard Noble and a Jaguar XF saloon, at closing speeds of up to 500mph. The cars carried the same equipment that will stream data, voice and imagery live from the Bloodhound Supersonic Car during test runs and record attempts in 2015 and 2016. The cockpit of Bloodhound SSC the most advanced fusion of space, aeronautical and Formula 1 engineering ever attempted, was unveiled recently in Bristol. It aims to run at 1000 miles per hour (1,609km/h).
Beaming data at over 1,000mph (1600km/h) will push available communications technology to the limit. The world land speed record of 763mph is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by Bloodhound\'s project director Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green. The Bloodhound team scoured the globe to find the perfect desert to run the car on, it needed to be at least 12 miles (19km) long, two miles (3km) wide and perfectly flat. The Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa was selected. At full speed Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds, that\'s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second. Bloodhound has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 650 bhp engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust hp, equivalant to 180 F1 cars.
Bloodhound SSC is currently being assembled at the Technical Centre in Bristol, UK. It is on schedule for roll out summer 2015 where it will undergo UK runway testing up to 200mph (321km/h) at the Aerohub, Newquay. The Team will then deploy to South Africa to begin high speed testing with the target of reaching 800 mph (1,287km/h). The team will return to the UK to review the data and return to South Africa in 2016 with the aim of reaching 1,000mph (1,609km/h). The cockpit also carries a Camlock air supply, feeding clean breathing air to the pilot through the \'Adom\' mask used by RAF Typhoon pilots.