Hon Fellow and speedster to test £40 million supersonic project

Save for later


Posted by Kirsten on 26th Oct 2017

The Bloodhound supersonic car made its first ever public run at Cornwall Airport in Newquay last month, setting a peak speed of 210mph under the direction of APM Hon Fellow and project director Richard Noble.

The successful test took place in front of 3,500 spectators and was live streamed around the world. The test comes 20 years after Thrust SSC, also under the guidance of Richard Noble, set the current land speed record of 763.035mph.

Project director Noble called the Newquay runway trials “the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far”, because they provide the team with its first opportunity to rehearse the procedures that will be used for Bloodhound's serious record runs.

The test runs are in preparation for launching an attempt on the world land speed record in South Africa either next year or in 2019.

In a TV interview (26 October) Mr Noble told Sky:

“It’s been an enormous grind, an unbelievable grind, to get to this stage.” The Bloodhound project has cost more than £40m. The vehicle is propelled by a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine loaned from the Ministry of Defence, three Norwegian Nammo hybrid rockets and a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine.

"Some 300 people have spent the last four years clearing stones from a 20 million square metre area of the Kalahari Desert to make the attempt on the world record as smooth as possible.”

Named the ‘King of Speed’, Richard Noble OBE was named APM Honorary Fellow in 2013 and was a keynote speaker at the 2012 APM Conference, where he presented on his Bloodhound SSC project.

Posted in Press releases
Comments on this site are moderated. Please allow up to 24 hours for your comment to be published on this site. Thank you for adding your comment.

{{item.AuthorName}} {{item.AuthorName}} says on {{item.DateFormattedString}}:

Share this page

Recommended blogs

Why good assurance is key to agile delivery success

27 October 2017

The release this week of the latest APM SIG guide, A Guide to Assurance of Agile Delivery, offers experienced reviewers the necessary support and guidance to undertake assurance of their first agile project.

Save for later


Recommended news


APM Board elections: Nominations now open

21 July 2017

APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, has a democratic process for electing its board. This is fundamental for APM – our board is comprised of members and elected by members. Can you help us lead the association?

Save for later



APM Post-election briefing

14 August 2017

APM’s External affairs team proactively monitor developments from across the world of politics and have produced a succinct briefing which presents the result of June’s snap election.

Save for later


Join APM

Sign up to the APM Newsletter.