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2013-04-17 11:40

SO WHEN WILL THE RECORD ATTEMPT TAKE PLACE? With flood water hitting the Hakskeenpan, Project leader Richard Noble said: "See you on the Pan in 2014 - if not before." Image: NICO FOURIE:

Earlier in 2013 we reported on the progress of the Bloodhound record attempt for South Africa.

Project leader Richard Noble said: "Building the car is a mammoth task with more than 3000 specially designed and about to be made components. There is a huge volume of activity and the  Bloodhound engineering team is absolutely determined to have the car on its wheels with the EJ200 engine running by October 2013 and we all came to the conclusion that this is achievable.”


Nico Fourie, director of the department of public works in charge of the Bloodhound track preparation for the Northern Cape, reports heavy flooding in the area. 

The Kalahari has had a very dry summer season as rainfall for the area is normally from about November 2012 until March 2013.

In 2013 almost no rain fell during this period, until the Easter weekend.

As many rivers flow into the Hakskeenpan it is also expected that the Pan will continue to collect water from Namibia due to heavy in the country.


South Africa’s Bloohound track boss Rudi Riek said: “How long will it take to dry? Well this is not such an easy question to answer. The data we have for previous years was based on the fact that the Pan filled up with water as early as December and then it continued to rain throughout the season, this then took three to four months to dry.

“Speaking to the locals they still expect that it could take up to two months to dry this time because the daytime temperatures are not as high as they have been previously. If it does not rain again perhaps we can expect the Pan to be completely dry by mid or late June.

“This is a very positive step towards preparing the track as we needed large amounts of water to stand on the Pan for a period of time to repair any damage we might have caused in the preparation process.”

Personally I am very excited to see the result of the repair done by the recent rain. We will have to keep you posted about the accessibility of the pan considering the planned wheel test which was due to happen in the beginning of May.


RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, holder of the world land speed record and the first person to exceed the speed of sound on land, made a pit stop in Johannesburg in 2013 ahead of his next record bid in South Africa.

was there to meet him.

Follow the Bloohound team’s progress here!

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