Do you know what’s the current land speed record for a car? It was established back in 1997 by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green at a little below 800 mph – or 1, 228 kilometers per hour, which is faster than the speed of sound.
Now imagine the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC), which was revealed in London on Thursday, is an engineering marvel that uses a fighter jet engine and rockets to race its 135,000-horsepower to a mind bending speed of more than 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 kilometers). With more power than 180 Formula One cars it will try to outrun a bullet – first breaking the current record by exceeding 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) per hour in 2016 in South Africa and raging on to the mind boggling 1,000 miles per hour prize in 2017. “We want to set the bar so high that it will be very difficult for anyone to take, it,” commented for AFP project director Richard Noble. And the pilot will be the same death defying RAF stuntman – Andy Green – who 20 years later will try to outrun… itself.
The 15 million pounds car (20 million euro, $23 million) is unlike any other car – it goes for everything the aeronautics and aerospace and automotive industries have best to offer. There are three power sources: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a couple of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine used to drive the rocket oxidiser pump. Taking down the record and achieving an unprecedented speed is a large motivator but it’s not their actual goal – their main desire is to lend a taste for science to the upcoming generations. For example, at least 100,000 children at 6,000 schools in Britain and 1,000 in South Africa are involved in an educational project revolving around the Bloodhound.
Via Business Insider