Supersonic car fires up the jet engine

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The Bloodhound supersonic car was fired up for the first time and it worked.

Engineers turned on the car-Eurofighter jet engine in a “tie-down” test at Cornwall Newquay airport on Friday.

It worked flawlessly, sending a huge orange flame out of the rear nozzle.

The intention is to start the car, a few “slow-speed” run – about 200 mph (320 km/h) – at the end of the next month.

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The team was afraid that the Rolls-Royce EJ200 powerplant could be some operational difficulties in a car as opposed to sitting in a fighter plane.

But when the driver, Andy Green, flicked the switch in his cockpit, the engine, lights, and carried out exactly to his specification.

It’s the proof that all car electronic systems, computers and software work as designed.

“It blew us away simply, honestly,” Wing Commander Green told BBC News.

“It is with great confidence for the future. We know now that the engine has no borders, only because it is in a car. It is an EJ200 with the full performance envelope available to us, under all conditions, from stationary, forward.”

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October is should be run a slow speed, have paved the way for an attempt on the world land speed record ” in 2018, but it now looks as if the project slip in another year.

Bloodhound SSC-the race in South Africa on a specially prepared dried-out lake bed, with a jet engine and a rocket engine.

The goal is to raise the current record of 763mph (1,228 km/h) 800mph (1,288 km/h), and then finally, it’s over 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h).

However, the conditions in Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape are really only suitable for the operation in the period from July to November and getting the car fully prepared to have the window in 2018 is now as unattainable.

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In part this is to do because there are still technical challenges, with the Bloodhound rocket engine.

This comes from the Norwegian aviation company, Nammo, and the development of the work must fit in around the commercial companies, with the extension of the time axis.

But the Bloodhound project has also the function of his privately generated budget, and although some of the major sponsorship contracts have been signed recently, engineering can only continue at the rate of cash comes into the venture.

The decision was made, therefore, to wait until 2019 to, the assault on the speed record.

Nevertheless, the team hopes, on Friday, static test, and the first runs set for October 26, is visible proof that the Bloodhound is in good shape.

Andy Green, said: “Today is a demonstration that with a little bit of a resource in place, we have delivered exactly what we said we would, when we said we would.

“And based on what I’ve seen today of the EJ200, we’re going to over-deliver – 26. October is not only a show, a quick car, it is a spectacular show with a car that will amaze people.”

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