Engineers around the world spend lifetimes pushing the boundaries of mechanics and technology. The ‘bloodhound’ project is meant to see how fast humans can really go. The Bloodhound SSC is designed not only to go faster than the speed of sound but over 1,600 km/h, and be capable of covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
From the outside, the Bloodhound is sleek and aerodynamic, stretching 13.5 meters long (44 feet), with a two-meter high tail fin perched at the end for stability as it hurtles forward at high speeds.The car houses a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine, and a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine driving a pump for the Nammo rocket motor built by the Royal Space Agency. A team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts built the Bloodhound, with help from the British Royal Air Force, and Army engineers.
It has taken eight years of design, research and manufacturing to build, all in an attempt to smash the current land speed record of 763 mph set in 1997 by Andy Green. Mr. Green will be at the wheel this time around as well. Combining the three power sources will get an incredible 133,151 HP (96,461 kW) and it will allow the model to accelerate from 0 to 1,000 mph (1,609 km/h) in just 55 seconds. A little over 2 minutes will take it for the entire run, including deceleration.
Next year, the Bloodhound team will take the car to a desert race track in South Africa designed especially for the supersonic machine. The team is targetting 800 mph in 2016, and 1,000 mph in 2017.