Most recently, we told you that a supersonic Bloodhound LSR car set a kind of speed record for this project, which has been implemented for more than one decade, accelerating to a speed of 334 mph (537.52 km/h). And after a very short period of time during the next test drive, this car took a barrier of 450 mph (724.20 km/h), almost reaching the goal of the current test, which is 500 mph.
Acceleration to 450 mph was not the goal of the Run Profile 5 test run, during which the operation of one of the main brake parachutes was tested. The driver Andy Green raised the speed in stages, at 80 km / h, until the jet engine began to give out maximum thrust for him.
When the Bloodhound LSR accelerated to a speed of 440 mph (708 km/h), Andy Green let go of the throttle, but the jet engine accelerated to maximum speed could not immediately respond to this and the car continued to accelerate for a while, gaining speed at 461 miles per hour (741.9 km/h). After that, the brake parachute ejection system worked, and the car slowed down to 150 mph at the 9-kilometer mark of the track running along the bottom of the dried Hakskeen Pan Lake in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.
Unfortunately, during the next run, Run Profile 6, the Bloodhound LSR suffered minor damage, which delayed the taking of the 500 mph barrier for some time. Now these damages are being repaired, and the date of the next test run will be announced a little later.
We remind our readers that the Bloodhound team plans to take the current speed record, which is 763.035 miles per hour (1,227.9 km/h), which should be done before the end of next year. And after that, the goal of the project will be the ultimate goal – a barrier of 1,000 miles per hour.