Bloodhound SSC: World’s Fastest Jet Car to Hit 1,000Mph

The UK team aiming to smash its own land speed record by driving a car beyond 1,000mph (1,610km/h) has settled on a final design for the vehicle.

Faster than the speeding bullet then you asked, the Bloodhound SSC jet car fired with Eurofighter Typhoon engine that is set to be the world’s fastest car ever to top 1000mph (1,610 km/h). The great news Bloodhound’s design has been finalized and currently being optimize to set it world land-speed record attempt in 2011.

The Royal Air Force has loaned a Eurofighter Typhoon engine to provide the Bloodhound’s grunt. Handling the big jets will be Wing Commander Andy Green, under the supervision of former record-holder Richard Noble. “It’s hard enough to support a six-tonne car on metal wheels but soft enough to allow the wheels just to sink in maybe 10mm,” Andy Green told BBC News.

“That gives the damping, or compliance, we need; but it also gives me the lateral grip that allows me to steer the car at slow-to-medium speeds. At high speeds, it’s not so important because the bits of the wheel that stick out of the bottom of the car act as an effective rudder,” he added.

Andy Green set the current World Land Speed Record in 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC jet-powered vehicle at 763mph (1,228km/h). The Bloodhound is expected to top 1,000mph on its run, which will take place on Hakseen Pan, a 19km long, 5km wide desert in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The Bloodhound SSC sports a 400 kg hybrid rocket beneath the 1,000 kg Rolls Royce EJ200 Eurofighter engine in a jet-over-rocket configuration, freeing up space for extra parachutes, and a spot of shopping. Together the engines will provide 212kN (47,500lb) of thrust – that is 180 Formula One cars, according to the BBC.

Bloodhound is a private venture. Although it has substantial in-kind support through the MoD in the loan of two EJ200s, it has to raise some £10m of funds to complete the record attempt. Major sponsors include the aerospace giant Lockheed Martin which has helped in designing Bloodhound’s aluminium wheels and Intel, which has assisted the modelling work by making available one of the largest computer clusters in the country.

Although, the Bloodhound project is aimed to inspire kids to engage with science, technology and engineering and you can even help out by donating at the Bloodhound Web site. But we think that the project is too expensive (£10M), and maybe it’s worth donating these money to people of Haiti or educating unfortunate children. [Bloodhound SSC via CNET (UK) and BBC]

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