What does it take to reach the speed of 1000 mph!? A plane!? A jet powered plane actually, but some people in the world right now work on a car capable of reaching the speed. Of course, Great Britain is the place where all this happens because the Brits are sick, bold and have a vision. Plus, they like to fill up that Guinness book of world records and get all “show-offy” about it.
One of the guys behind this awesome and quite outstanding project is Richard Noble who had a go with a ThrustSCC and broke the previous land speed record back in 1997 when the ThrustSCC went to hit 760.343 mph. Now, however, much more is at stake. Andy Green is again behind the wheel and the car of today is created by Bloodhound SSC from the ground up for the project of reaching Mach 1.4. Now, passenger jets of today are usually at 600-700 mph and getting a car to almost double the number is quite an undertake. The engineering behind this massive project requires an all day cooperation between the pilot, project manager, mathematicians, physicians and even doctors who have to make sure that the pilot will be able to make all the tasks he have to. This truly breathtaking car is powered by a Rolls-Royce Eurojet EJ200 jet engine which will give enough thrust to get the thing going really fast. This record breaking attempt will take place in South Africa on the 12 miles long stretch of dried lake bed.
Apart from the Jet engine, the SCC has a massively powerful rocket engine which will accelerate the thing from 350 mph to 1000 mph. Everything will be live streamed over the Internet.
Before, we have seen how Bloodhound test the safety system using modified Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.