Bloodhound LSR: High speed testing begins

It’s official: Bloodhound LSR has arrived in South Africa! If you haven’t already seen the images, look on social media and you can see videos and photographs of the car being driven across the desert and unloaded from its truck.

To say I’m excited would be an understatement – I may only have been actively involved with the project for months, but I’ve followed it for years and I’m as thrilled as the rest of the Bloodhound team to have finally brought the car to Hakskeen Pan for high speed testing.

The team have, of course, taken this in their stride. But that doesn’t diminish the enormity of what they have achieved over the last 6 months. There was a huge amount of work to do to convert the car that ran at 200mph on a runway in Cornwall into one that is capable of reaching speeds of 500mph or more on a desert track – and stopping again safely – in South Africa.

I also want to shine a spotlight on the team in South Africa. They, too, have risen to the challenge and given us amazing support, despite several previous false starts. When we told the Northern Cape Provincial Government of our intentions, they didn’t hesitate to re-engage, and have worked quickly and efficiently to help us finalise agreements and then mobilise the local workforce to help us clear and prepare the track.

And finally I’d like to thank our current partners and previous sponsors that have helped us get to this point. We literally couldn’t have done it without you.

You can read the latest news about our progress in this newsletter. Members of our Supporters’ Club will then get regular updates on what happens in South Africa, so please spread the word and get your friends and family to sign up at

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So, this is it. Thank you, as ever, for your continued support. We hope you enjoy following our progress in South Africa as Bloodhound LSR enters the transonic zone for the first time.
Ian Warhurst, CEO, Grafton LSR Limited