The Bloodhound Project BLOODHOUND 500 – South Africa 2018

BLOODHOUND 500 – South Africa 2018

Project News
Friday, 15 December, 2017

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

500 ‘Access All Areas’ places available for first high-speed runs

In October/November 2018, 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 a truly unique opportunity: the chance to experience this historic occasion as part of the desert team, with privileged ‘All Areas Access’ (AAA).

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.

Given the very special nature of the ‘Access All Areas’ package, we are only able to offer 500 places.

These will be released in stages and we are inviting sponsors and Gold members of our 1K Club to book places first, and will then offer remaining places to Bronze 1K Club members, and then other BLOODHOUND supporters.

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 2018, 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.

What will happen in South Africa?

There will be a range of 3-day (2-night) packages available, with prices from approximately £2,500 to £5,000. These will include accommodation, food and drink, transfers to and from Upington and to the events at Hakskeen Pan, and cultural activities and entertainment. There will also be the opportunity to buy exclusive BLOODHOUND 500 merchandise. Full details will be made available shortly.

To pre-book a place and guarantee your chance to join the team in the desert, a deposit of £500 is required. The balance will be payable in two further stages, in April and September 2018.

Each deposit payment of £500 will reserve an ‘Access All Areas’ place, for one person, at BLOODHOUND 500. These deposits are non-refundable** but can be transferred.

You can book up to 20 places, but please note that deposits are non-refundable** and package costs do not include international or domestic flights. You will need to make arrangements for, and be responsible for the cost of: travel to and from Upington before and after the event; visas and security clearance; insurance; and all health-related issues.




As an event such as this has so many variables, we are currently only able to confirm that BLOODHOUND 500 will take place between mid-October and the end of November*. Final dates and package details will be announced in April, 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 £500 deposit is not refundable unless for any reason BLOODHOUND is unable to stage the event as planned.


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 2018

We welcome speed enthusiasts and visitors from across the globe to join us in making history at the BLOODHOUND 500 event at #SouthAfrica2018 as part of the Access All Areas group.

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