Bloodhound SuperSonic Car Shoots for 1000 miles per hour

Wing Commander Andy Green sits in the Bloodhound SSCr as it is prepared for its first test run

The engine, which produced 20,000 pounds of thrust, or 54,000 horsepower, is borrowed from a Typhoon fighter plane.

KARTER Scott Huntley, 16, from Danbury, Chelmsford, witnessed the first public run of BLOODHOUND SSC on a VIP day on Thursday. Getting a jet-powered auto to travel safely at that speed is hard - just ask Richard Hammond! - and the fact that it went off without a hitch is a testament to how far the project's come.

Then in 2020, they will attempt to set a 1000mph land speed record - The 135,000bhp, is equal to the power all nine RAF Red Arrows Hawk aircraft produce or 180 Formula 1 cars. The vehicle streaked down the 9,000-foot runway with acceleration at 1.5G.

It's the latest stage of a project whose eventual aim is to break the world land speed record of 763.035 miles per hour, set in October 1997 by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green.

Additional solid-rocket boosters will be added to get the vehicle to its projected top speed of 1,000mph.

This speed will make Green's presence a crucial part of the project, as he's the only human on the planet who's experienced how a land-based vehicle will perform at these speeds.

Meanwhile, a Californian man, Waldo Stakes, has been working on his own Sonic Wind rocket auto, which he claims should be capable of a mind-bending 2000mph (3218km/h) - meaning the vehicle would be covering almost 900 metres per second.

The two runs, each of which saw the auto accelerate from zero to 200mph in just under 1300 metres, have been used to evaluate the car's steering, brakes, suspension and data systems & EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon.



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