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Bloodhound car ramps up its speed to 461mph

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The Bloodhound vehicle has become the third fastest British car of all time - unofficially.

The arrow-shaped racer clocked a speed of 461mph (741km/h) as it powered across a dried-out lakebed in southern Africa's Kalahari desert on Friday.

This mark tops the 403mph (648km/h) recorded by Donald Campbell in his Bluebird CN7 car in 1964.

The only British cars to have gone faster are Thrust2 and Thrust SSC which both got well above 600mph (965km/h).

Thrust SSC still holds the absolute land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h) set in 1997.

The driver on that occasion was RAF pilot Andy Green. The Wing Commander is at the controls again in Bloodhound.




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Bloodhound is now a 500mph car. The British-built straight-line racer recorded its highest speed yet during a hot afternoon run across the Kalahari Desert on Wednesday.

GPS instruments in the vehicle clocked 501mph (806km/h).

Bloodhound's driver, Andy Green, declared himself "chuffed to bits" after bringing the car to a stop.

His team is now increasingly confident it has the means to break the land speed record of 763mph (1,228km/h).



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