Land speed record tests in South Africa


A British team says they are increasingly confident they have a car capable of breaking the land speed record, clocking their highest speed yet of 806km/h (501mph) with their Bloodhound vehicle on Wednesday.

Testing is taking place in South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan, which is a dry salt lake in the Kalahari desert.

The bloodhound team now believes it has the means to break the land speed record of 1,228km/h (763mph).

To attempt this it will next year add a rocket engine to the car, which is already powered by a jet engine taken from a Eurofighter-Typhoon.