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Inside the Bloodhound SSC, the Supersonic Car That Could Hit 1,000 MPH

Why? For science, of course

Right now, the fastest street-legal car in the world is the Bugatti Veyron, a $1.3 million, 4,000-pound steel machine that can reach speeds of more than 267 miles per hour.

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(Rolls Royce)

The Bloodhound SSC—a British concept car (sponsored, in part, by Rolls Royce) that’s planning trial runs in the next few weeks—can travel nearly four times as fast. According to its creators, the car will be capable of speeds up to 1,050 miles per hour—but there are certainly no plans to let it hit the streets. Not yet, at least.

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(Bloodhound SSC)

The Bloodhound’s origins date back to 2008, when Richard Noble, the famed British entrepreneur (who held the land speed record between 1983 and 1997) decided it was time to break the current land speed record, which right now stands at 763 miles per hour. Funded in part by the British government, a team of engineers—based out of the former Maritime Heritage Centre in Bristol, England—have been exploring new technologies that would propel the Bloodhound into supersonic speeds.

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(Bloodhound SSC)

The major difference between the Bloodhound and its superfast predecessors is this: It’s literally powered by a combination of rockets and jet engines. Half the thrust of Bloodhound is generated by the Eurojet EJ200, a military turbofan built for the engine bay of a Eurofighter Typhoon—a souped-up fighter pilot. The other half of the thrust is provided by a Nammo hybrid rocket.

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(Bloodhound SSC)

“The car is a mix of car and aircraft technology,” notes its creators, “with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.”

To be clear, the Bloodhound isn’t intended for street use or commercial sale—it’s more of an experiment in the name of science and technology. According to Noble, the Bloodhound has maintained several objectives from the beginning of the project, including a national surge in the popularity of science and technology subjects, inspiring future engineers and—not surprisingly—generating media exposure for sponsors.

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(Bloodhound SSC)
Respond Now
  • “Funded in part by the British Government.” I know, it’s not just another childish government and corporate global tech-status p.r. boondogle.It’s the spin-offs.

  • Commuting in half the time. I want one.

  • Will the Bloodhound SSC record run be held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada? 

  • “a Eurofighter Typhoon—a souped-up fighter pilot”. I think you mean “fighter jet”. So, no, not well written or edited.

    • wow, interesting read and well writen.  I am sharing this on my motorcycle blog. http://www.vipcycle.com Thanks for posting!

  • Absolutely AWESOME !!! Make it happen. I remember the Art Arfon and Craig Breedlove era. 

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