SA to get supersonic driving opportunity

2013-02-06 08:00
The Bloodhound supersonic car will make its recrod attempt in 2014. (Bloodhound)

The Bloodhound supersonic car will make its recrod attempt in 2014. (Bloodhound)

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Cape Town - South Africans will get their first opportunity at a supersonic car driving experience similar to the one that is to make a world speed record attempt in the Northern Cape province in 2014.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is scheduled to make its attempt at the Hakskeenpan, 200km north of Upington, in 2014, but the vehicle will arrive in SA later in the year for a series on tests.

In the meantime, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront visitors can experience what supersonic speed feels like.

"Participants will receive a Bloodhound SSC certificate with their name and the speed they were able to reach," said Dave Rowley, education director for the project.

Organisers have promised that participants will feel what the seven ton, 13.4m vehicle feels like when it reaches the speed of sound at around 1 200km/h.

Engineers have tested various aspects of the vehicle in the UK and in 2012, they conducted a successful test of the EJ200 jet engine, as used in a Eurofighter Typhoon.

High speed may excite some, but the project is ultimately one about engineering.

"We are pushing the limits of engineering and technology with Bloodhound, but it is the kind of project that will inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers - and that is one of the main reasons why we're doing it," said project director Richard Noble, OBE, holder of the land speed record between 1983 and 1997.

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Driving Experience will be at the Waterfront in Cape Town on 9 and 10 February.

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