Bloodhound SSC is a British supersonic land vehicle designed to reach 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). In accordance with the intended use, this vehicle looks more like a military jet airplane without wings, but on the car.
If all goes according to plan, the Bloodhound SSC 2017 will set a new world speed record on land. In the first tests, which will be held in the UK in late March 2016, the aim is to examine how the car behaves at speeds of 322 km/h (200 miles per hour).
The first more seriously test is scheduled for August 2016. Then, in the desert in South Africa the Bloodhound SSC will try to break the current world record, which is 1,228 km/h (763 miles per hour). Based on the information that will be collected during the first two tests, the development team of Bloodhound project will carry out the necessary modifications and improvements to the vehicle, with the aim to achieve the ultimate goal – a speed of 1,609 km/h in 2017.
The 13.5 m long vehicle is primarily powered by Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine used in the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Only this engine is strong enough to push the Bloodhound SSC to a speed of 1,046 km/h, then turns on the secondary, rocket engine, which should do the rest. Total power drive system reaches a staggering 99,291 Hp! This should enable the vehicle to go from 0 to 1,609 km/h in just 55 seconds.
It is anticipated that record ride lasts a little longer than 2 minutes, including the time required for acceleration and stopping. The cockpit will include Andy Green, the owner of the current speed record (1,228 km/h) in 1997.