The Bloodhound SSC is the rocket car from the future. Built to break the 1,000 mph speed barrier, it is a supersonic car project that combines automotive and aerospace technology to create a vehicle that, at full speed, can cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
The project was launched nearly a decade ago in 2008, and as part of its preparations it will attempt to break the current world land speed record of 763mph in 2019.
Successful testing of the engines
The car sped in the right direction last month, when its EJ200 jet engine was successfully fired up in Newquay, Cornwall.
The engine was taken up to maximum reheat while driver Andy Green sat in the cockpit. He throttled the jet engine with his right foot while the car was tied down with a secure anchor. September’s test was described by the company as a “huge engineering milestone”.
After the testing, Stuart Edmondson, Head of Engineering Operations, described the overwhelming sight:
“Witnessing the EJ200 jet engine at maximum reheat is a fantastic experience. Not only can you see the shock diamonds and hear the deafening noise, you can physically feel the power of the engine as your body shakes.”
“With the static tests complete the Team will move onto dynamic testing, ready for our high-speed, 200mph, trials at the end of October.”
When is the 1,000mph record going to be attempted?
The plan is for the Bloodhound team will head out to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa in 2019 to attempt to break the current land speed record and set the new one at 800mph, a spokesperson confirmed to BT.com.
Subject to how the testing goes, and the funding supplied, the Bloodhound will then try for the 1,000mph record some months later.
How does the Bloodhound car work?
The car is approximately 13.4 metres long and weighs 7.5 tonnes, and is powered by both a jet engine and a rocket. It will produce more than 135,000 horsepower, which is more than six times the power of some 20 Formula 1 cars on the starting grid put together.
For the record attempt the car will be fitted with three hybrid engines, and the whole car is made up of over 3,500 parts.
Where is the Bloodhound car made?
The construction of the car is primarily done in Avonmouth near Bristol, and the whole project is not only to showcase skills and innovation but also to inspire school children to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Who is behind the Bloodhound car?
Richard Noble is the project director and is the holder of the British Land Speed Record in 1980. The driver, Andy Green, was behind the wheel for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current world record of 763mph. The full project team can be found here.
Bloodhound car vs bullet
If the car breaks the 100mph barrier, it will be faster than a bullet fired from a Magnum .357 revolver.