135000-horsepower car made its first race in the desert

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135000-horsepower car made its first race in the desert

The project team Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) spent the first few years testing a supersonic car, which next year will attempt to set a world speed record on earth. The video of the tests held in the desert in South Africa, published in YouTube.

As a place to race, including record attempts, chose the salt marsh Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari desert. Plot with an area of 22 million square metres were cleared with the participation of several hundred local residents who manually removed 16,5 thousand tons of stones to make a 20-kilometer stretch.

Until the testers broke up the only supercar up to 100 mph (about 160 km/h), however, in subsequent tests, the team plans to reach speeds of 400-500 mph (644-805 km/h). The people involved in the project, note that at this stage, the maximum speed is not of great importance. The main objective of verifying the aerodynamic characteristics and stability at high speeds. The aim for 2020 is to exceed the barrier of 800 mph (1287 km/h).

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Development of suratebis length 13.5 m has been ongoing since 2008. The movement of the Bloodhound LSR causes the jet engine Rolls-Royce, which is installed on the fighter Eurofighter Typhoon. As a fuel pump stands five-liter petrol unit V8 supercar Jaguar F-Type R. the total output of the power plant is around 135 thousand horsepower.

At the end of 2018, the project of the supersonic car was closed due to lack of funding. But soon it was bought by British businessman Ian Warhurst, then work and testing was resumed.

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