Bloodhound supersonic car unveiled with land speed record in sights

Bloodhound supersonic car unveiled with land speed record in sights

Written by Tharushan Fernando

25 Sep, 2015 | 5:52 pm

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car, designed in attempt to set new World Land record of 1000 mph was unveiled in London ahead of speed tests.

The completed Bloodhound vehicle was unveiled at an event in London’s Canary Wharf, to the public following eight years of research, design and manufacturing, involving over 350 companies and universities.

The car’s British designers say they are pushing the limits of science, with the Bloodhound a catalyst for cutting-edge research in fields such as aerodynamics and sustainable high-tech engineering and according to Project Director,Richard Noble the vehicle is to have a 30 percent increase in the land speed record.

The Bloodhound SSC will be driven by Wing Commander Andy Green, who set the current record of 763mph (1228kmh) at the wheel of ThrustSSC in 1997 added that Bloodhound will travel faster than any fighter jet at low altitude, covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

The 1000mph attempt would have Wing Commander Green travelling faster than a bullet fired from a handgun. The super cars speed comes from three Nammo hybrid rockets combined with a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter-Typhoon to produce about 135,000 thrust horsepower and according to the designers this is more than seven times the power output of all the cars in Formula 1 combined, making Bloodhound the worlds’ most powerful land vehicle.

The designers also note that the supersonic car will accelerate from 0 – 1,050mph in 40 seconds. At maximum velocity the air pressure bearing down on its carbon fibre and titanium bodywork will exceed twelve tonnes per square metre.

The team plans to travel to the Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa, next year, to put the supersonic car through its paces by attempting to set a new record of 800mph.


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