Bloodhound Supersonic Car Ready to Go a Mile Literally in the Blink of an Eye

By: | July 10th, 2014

The competition for the world’s fastest car continues to escalate with Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC). The Bloodhound team is hoping its car will travel faster than 1,000mph (1,610km/h) when they try to break the World Land Speed Record on a 12-mile track in the South African desert in 2015 and 2016.

Driver Andy Green, who will drive the car for its world record attempt, calls the cockpit, “My 1,000mph office.” Andy also holds the current land speed record at 763.035 mph (1,227.985 kmh).

Bloodhound SSC will cover a mile in 3.6 seconds, or 150m in the (300 millisecond)

A look at some of the astonishing features of Bloodhound SSC :

  • The vehicle is powered by a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine and a rocket motor.
  • The 44 feet (14 meters) long car is aerodynamically efficient.
  • It weighs just over 200kg and designed to withstand 135,000 horsepower of engine thrust. That’s the combined output of 95 Formula One cars.
  • The driver’s seat is molded to his body shape, and the 3D-printed, titanium steering wheel, follows the exact contours of his hands.
  • The cockpit is made from a single piece of carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb spacing to provide additional strength.
  • Bloodhound’s highly specialized windscreen is custom-made from acrylic. It has a 25mm thickness, thicker than a fighter jet’s windscreen.
  • The windscreen can withstand an impact with a 1kg bird at 900mph (1,448km/h).

In the coming months, the car will begin test runs at lower speeds before attempting to set a new land speed record.

The Bloodhound can definitely beat the world record by some distance if it is successful.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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