Bloodhound to be tested at 200mph in November... in Cornwall

The team behind the Bloodhound supersonic car has revealed that it will make its world debut at the Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall on 17th November 2015.

It comes after a delay with its rocket system meant plans to test it at speeds of up to 800mph in Africa have been pushed back to summer next year.

The rocket will work as part of a hybrid setup with a Eurofighter jet engine to create over 135,000hp.

During testing, the impeller that pumps fuel into the motor at extremely high pressure has been found to be too powerful – meaning the shaft and bearings that support it have been damaged.

The Bristol-based team says the fix is relatively simple – but it has pushed the programme back by around 10 weeks.

Testing of speeds up to 200mph will take places at Cornwall’s Newquay Aerohub before the Bloodhound is fitted with airbrakes and winglets and tested in Hakskeen Pan, South Africa, in 2016.

It is then hoped to reach speeds of more than 1,000mph – breaking the current land speed record by more than 33%.