Supersonic Car Poised to Set Land Speed Record

What cost €10,000,000 to develop over 10,000 man hours to create and is aiming to go 1,000 mph on land? That’s the Bloodhound, a supersonic car developed by Bloodhound SSC engineers in Bristol, England that looks more spaceship than Spectra.

Propelled by 130,000 horsepower of Eurojet EJ200 jet engine, harnessing 210 kilonewtons of thrust, and weighting in at 14,158lbs (6,422kg) when fully fueled, the super-supercar will be propelled by as much power as the equivalent of 95 Formula 1 cars.

Where do you drive such a vehicle? RAF Wing Commander Andy Green will pilot the car across the desert of South America on a specially constructed 12-mile track in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Green and the Bloodhoud team are hoping to raise the current land speed record of 763 mph, before returning in 2016 aiming for 1,000 mph.

When it races the vehicle’s tires will be rotating 10,000 times per minute and will require a parachute to slow down from 1,000 mph. However, the team has yet to find a brake that can withstand the heat and pressure of the race. So, there’s that.

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