What better way to remind the world that there still is fun to be had from cars than to try a set a new landspeed record? This is not an execerise to get a few more MPGs, but instead be the first to break 1000 mph on land.
The Bloodhound SSC and was designed and will be built by current land-speed record holders Richard Noble and Andy Green. In 1997 RAF pilot Green went 763 mph driving Noble’s design called the ThrustSSC . Now the team is back to break the four-figure speed. While the design and mechanicals may be different, the basic idea remains the same: strap a man to a rocket, and strap the rocket to wheels. A scale model of the Bloodhound SSC will be unveiled today at the London’s Science Museum.
The plan calls for the car to be propelled by a jet engine which was designed for use in the Eurofighter military aircraft. After reaching 300 mph the propulsion is transferred to an experimental hybrid rocket and the driver will be submitted to 9.8m/s of acceleration force until he reaches 1043 mph.