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Bloodhound supersonic car blasts past 500 mph

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The Bloodhound LSR car in action
The Bloodhound LSR car in action
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The team tinkers with the Bloodhound LSR
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The team tinkers with the Bloodhound LSR
The Bloodhound LSR's parachutes were deployed successfully in the latest test run
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The Bloodhound LSR's parachutes were deployed successfully in the latest test run
After bouncing back from near-bankruptcy to embark on a new round of testing in the South African desert, things are now going rather swimmingly for the folks behind the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car
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After bouncing back from near-bankruptcy to embark on a new round of testing in the South African desert, things are now going rather swimmingly for the folks behind the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car
Described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle, the Bloodhound LSR is built to claim the land speed record of 763.035 mph (1,227.9 km/h)
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Described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle, the Bloodhound LSR is built to claim the land speed record of 763.035 mph (1,227.9 km/h)
The Bloodhound LSR team is now targeting speeds of 550 mph (885 mph), with the next run planned for the coming days
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The Bloodhound LSR team is now targeting speeds of 550 mph (885 mph), with the next run planned for the coming days
The Bloodhound LSR car in action
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The Bloodhound LSR car in action
The Bloodhound LSR car in action
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The Bloodhound LSR car in action
Members of the Bloodhound LSR team in good spirits
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Members of the Bloodhound LSR team in good spirits
The Bloodhound LSR is described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle
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The Bloodhound LSR is described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle
All going to plan, the Bloodhound LSR team is aiming for a land speed record attempt in late 2020
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All going to plan, the Bloodhound LSR team is aiming for a land speed record attempt in late 2020
The Bloodhound LSR leaves behind clouds of dust in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert
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The Bloodhound LSR leaves behind clouds of dust in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert
System check of the Bloodhound LSR
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System check of the Bloodhound LSR

After bouncing back from near-bankruptcy to embark on a new round of testing in the South African desert, things are now going rather swimmingly for the folks behind the Bloodhound LSR supersonic car. The team has now propelled the car beyond 500 mph (804 km/h), a massive milestone that places it in the top 10 fastest cars on the planet.

Described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle, the Bloodhound LSR is built to claim the land speed record of 763.035 mph (1,227.9 km/h) and the last week or so has seen it take great strides toward this goal.

At the testing site in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert last week, the team unleashed the jet-engine-powered vehicle for the first time since it was rebranded earlier in the year. This saw the car hit record speeds of 334 mph (537 km/h), which it swiftly followed up with a 461-mph run (741.9-km/h) last Friday.

The Bloodhound LSR is described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle
The Bloodhound LSR is described as a jet plane, F1 car and spaceship in one vehicle

Intent on keeping the ball rolling, the team has again taken to the dried out lakebed and had another hugely successful outing. The Bloodhound LSR actually reached 501 mph (806 km/h), before its twin parachutes were successfully deployed to help bring it to a halt.

This test takes the Bloodhound LSR into the top 10 fastest cars in the world – unofficially for now but that will soon change if the trend continues. From here, the team is working on some minor repairs and is targeting 550 mph (885 mph), with the next run planned for the coming days.

The Bloodhound LSR team is now targeting speeds of 550 mph (885 mph), with the next run planned for the coming days
The Bloodhound LSR team is now targeting speeds of 550 mph (885 mph), with the next run planned for the coming days

All going to plan, a land speed record attempt is slated for late 2020 and it might not end there, with the team also hopeful of eventually blasting past the 1,000-mph (1,609 km/h) mark.

Footage of the 501-mph run can be seen below.

Nearly reaching the 500mph milestone! | #2019HST

Source: Bloodhound LSR

4 comments
guzmanchinky
Maybe I'm just thick, but, why?
Riaanh
For the same reason people are climbing mountains.
TheRev
I have no problem with trying to go faster and faster on land on wheels but I hate to see the vehicle described as a car. It possibly does satisfy the definition but to me it is a wingless plane. Just my opinion remember
guzmanchinky
Riaanh, true. I'm not a hardcore enviromentalist, but maybe that's what irks me, the incredible waste of fuel and CO2 for this. But I guess that's true of all kinds of racing...