Bloodhound supersonic car to be put through its paces in South Africa

The car is aiming to hit 500mph during high-speed tests in South Africa before making a record-breaking attempt.

The Bloodhound supersonic car is set to take part in a series of high-speed tests in South Africa as part of its campaign to reach 1,000mph.

It will aim to hit 500mph in its upcoming tests before attempting to break the land speed record of 763.035mph – and then start targeting its ultimate goal.

The vehicle will take to the 12-mile Hakskeen Pan track in October.

Bloodhound reached 200mph at Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2017 – and its driver Andy Green hopes the project can build on its previous success “by going fast on the desert the car was designed to run on”.

“This is where science meets reality and it all starts to get really exciting,” he said.

More than 300 cameras and sensors built into the car will gather data that will be analysed by academics and students at Swansea University.

Entrepreneur Ian Warhurst decided to rescue the project from administration last year, buying the car and its assets for an undisclosed sum, and has since pushed the campaign forward.