The Bloodhound Project BLOODHOUND 500 – South Africa 2019

BLOODHOUND 500 – South Africa 2019

Project News
Friday, 15 December, 2017

Update: The dates for BLOODHOUND’s 500mph runs in South Africa have changed. For further details see below.

Join the BLOODHOUND team for a once in a lifetime experience!

In the second quarter of 2019, BLOODHOUND SSC will run for the first time on its specially created race track at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. The team will be targeting 500mph – a key milestone on the journey to setting a new World Land Speed Record.

The BLOODHOUND Project is delighted to offer you the chance to experience this historic occasion as part of the desert team.

BLOODHOUND 500 guests will not only see the Car run in the breathtaking environment of the Kalahari, they will also get an ‘insiders’ view of the world’s most successful Land Speed Record team in action, visit the BLOODHOUND Desert Technical Centre, attend team briefings and meet driver Andy Green. In addition, they will have the chance to enjoy the incredible sights and hospitality that make the Northern Cape one of the world’s most extraordinary travel destinations.

About the high speed tests in South Africa

Since the BLOODHOUND Project's inception in 2008, the Team have been working hard to create a vehicle that will reach a new World Land Speed Record of 1,000mph. The successful tests at Newquay in October 2017, when the Car ran for the first time at speeds of over 200mph, were a major step towards realising this goal. Now it is time to go faster…much faster!

At Hakskeen Pan in 2019, the Team will push on to 500mph and gain valuable insight into the Car’s high-speed aerodynamic performance and handling. It will also be the first chance to use BLOODHOUND’s desert wheels and braking parachutes.


As an event such as this has so many variables, we are currently only able to confirm that BLOODHOUND 500 will take place in the second quarter of 2019*. Final dates and package details will be announced in due course, giving enough time to book flights and transfers to Upington.

* The safe running of BLOODHOUND SSC is weather dependent.  While we will make every possible effort to run the Car on the prescribed date, the safety of our driver, team, spectators and local residents will take precedence.


The Car will run at Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa: the co-ordinates for Hakskeen Pan are -26° 49' 31.07", +20° 12' 28.72"

Have a look at the map below. You can use the zoom in and out buttons (the ones marked "+" and "-" in the bottom right hand corner), and you will see that it is in the North West of South Africa, not far from Namibia and Botswana.

The nearest airport is Upington, but you can also travel there overland from Cape Town or Johannesburg.

Find out more about Hakskeen Pan.

Join us in South Africa in 2019

We welcome speed enthusiasts and visitors from across the globe to join us in making history at the BLOODHOUND 500 event.

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