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Bloodhound supersonic car eyes land speed record after 500 mph test run

[2019.11.07, Thu 06:05] The Bloodhound supersonic car project that appeared to be dead and buried a year ago is very much back on track - and gathering speed. The final speed was clocked at a breathtaking 501 mph, but that's nowhere near fast enough for the Bloodhound team, which is aiming for a 2020 effort to smash the current car speed record of 763 mph. A video posted on Twitter by the team shows Bloodhound screaming along the dry lake bed in its fastest test run yet. A British businessman stepped in at the last moment with a hefty cash injection to keep the dream of a speed record alive. Renamed Bloodhound LSR, the team headed to South Africa last month for a series of test runs that increased the speed of the car by 50 mph each time, taking it well beyond its 200-mph outings achieved in 2017 and culminating in Wednesday's breathtaking 501-mph run. These include a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet - also found on a Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft - that pushes Bloodhound to 300 mph. The team plans to return to the Kalahari Desert next year to go for the land speed record attempt, with Andy Green once again climbing behind the wheel in a bid to surpass his own previous best.
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