Africans manually cleared the desert to race a 135,000-horsepower carOctober 18, 2019
The authorities of the North Cape of South Africa removed 16.5 thousand tons of stones
The authorities of the North Cape of South Africa with the help of four hundred local residents manually removed 16.5 thousand tons of stones to clean the Hakskenpan salt marsh for the arrival of the Bloodhound LSR jet car. According to the participants of the project, this is the largest cleaning of the territory carried out for a motorsport event.
On the created site, Bloodhound LSR will make the first test races, and later make an attempt to set a new ground speed record. On a 16-kilometer stretch, the car will have to reach speeds in excess of 1227.9 kilometers per hour.
The Bloodhound LSR is 13.5 meters long and features a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine with a hybrid rocket motor. Previously, the five-liter eight-cylinder compressor engine from the Jaguar F-Type R was the fuel pump. It is not yet known whether the design has been changed. In 2017, Bloodhound made a test run, accelerating to 322 kilometers per hour.
After the announcement of bankruptcy and the closure of the project in 2018, it was bought by British businessman Ian Warhurst. The newly established company was called Grafton LSR Ltd, in honor of the work of the British artist Edwin Landsir “Dignity and Insolence”, which depicts a bloodhound nicknamed Grafton, and its headquarters is located at the University of Technology College in Berkeley.
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