The current land speed record for a drivable object on four wheels is 763 mph, as set by fighter pilot Andy Green back in 1997 behind the wheel of the Thrust SSC (supersonic car). Green and British engineering group Bloodhound are now working on a new supersonic car, one that could potentially crack 1,000 mph!
It’s called the Bloodhound SSC and recently its primary engine, a cluster of bespoke hybrid rockets developed by defense firm Nammo, was successfully tested. Now the team at Bloodhound have to put together all the parts of the car—approximately 3,500 in total—so that real world testing can begin.
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Among the parts is a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine—normally found in the Eurofighter Typhoon—that will take the car to a speed of around 300 mph. There are also the aforementioned hybrid rockets from Nammo and a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 from technology partner Jaguar that will be used to pump a hydrogen peroxide oxidizer into the rocket.
All in all, around one hundred and ten man-years are being invested in the design, build and manufacture of the Bloodhound SSC, which is on track to challenge the land speed record later this year in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. The speed to beat is 763 mph, and if successful Bloodhound plans to take on the 1,000-mph challenge sometime in 2016.