Video: Stopping a Car that Does 1,000 MPH Takes Serious Planning

The Bloodhound SSC isn’t so much a car as it is a literal rocket on four wheels. It does, after all, come with a Rolls-Royce -sourced EJ200 engine that’s complemented by a Cosworth F1 engine. Together, the two powertrains deliver up to 135,000 equivalent horsepower, which as you can see, is absolutely mental. So with that much power in tow, it’s equally important to have some pretty strong brakes to make it stop when need be.

In this video, Brian Coombs, the lead engineer of mechanical design of the Bloodhound team, discusses the kind of brakes needed to be able to properly stop a car going 1,000 mph. At first, carbon rotors taken from a fighter aircraft were used to see if it were up to the task of slowing down the Bloodhound, let alone stopping it.

Unfortunately, they proved to be really futile, forcing the team to look at other measures on how it could get enough braking power to handle spinning at 10,000 rpm.

It’s interesting to see how the team managed to find its way around this problem. Check out the video above to see what material they actually used and the level of testing done to ensure that it didn’t break down like those carbon rotors.


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