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WATCH: Gloucestershire-based Bloodhound LSR break the 500mph barrier

Bloodhound LSR has broken through the 500mph barrier for the first time in its bid to set a new world landspeed record.

The Bloodhound project, which is based at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's Berekeley Green Campus, is currently on location in South Africa.

The current high-speed testing that is taking place in the Hakskeenpan desert in the Northern Cape has seen Bloodhound and driver Andy Green break new ground.

And in their seventh practise run, the car broke through the magic number, clocking a speed of 501mph.

Andy Green currently holds the landspeed world record in Thrust SSC, clocking an eye-watering 763.035 miles per hour - faster than the speed of sound.

The Bloodhound project moved to the UK Landspeed Record Centre in Berkeley last year.

The project is aiming to inspire a new generation of school children to take up a career in engineering by proving that there are no limits to human understanding.

Ian Warhurst, CEO of Grafton LSR Ltd, the owners of Bloodhound said: "This project has inspired so many people over the last 10 years, including both students and the wider engineering community.

"Engineers like solving problems and theorising about what happens when you pass the limits of known understanding. We look forward to continuing this inspiration into the future.

The Bloodhound tests in South Africa continue this week with the aim of pushing gradually towards the magic 763mph in 2020.

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