Bloodhound SSC on pace to hit Mach 1.4
Efforts of the British-based Bloodhound Project to set a new Land Speed Record in excess of 1,000 mph continue to progress at an ever-accelerating pace. Although construction of the actual Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car) has just recently begun, the Bloodhound Project team directed by former LSR record-holder Richard Noble did display the first full-scale model of the 42-foot long jet/rocket-powered Bloodhound at last month's Farnborough Air Show in England.
This week, the operation released a new and most impressive video showing what we can expect when the Bloodhound begins its active testing phase en route to making its official attempt to set the first 1,000-mph-plus LSR record sometime in 2012 with Andy Green in the cockpit. Green currently holds the distinction of being the fastest man on earth, having driven the famed Thrust SSC to a speed of 783.035 mph on Nevada's Black Rock Desert back in 1997. The Bloodhound SSC will try to shatter that mark and reach its design-maximum velocity of 1,050 mph in the Haskeen Pan, a desert tract in the Northwest part of South Africa.
As for the Bloodhound SCC, the team reports that testing has been completed on its EJ200 jet engine -- also used in the Eurofighter Typhoon -- that will take the car from 0-300 mph before the largest hybrid-rocket ever kicks in to carry it through and well beyond the speed of sound -- all in approximately 42 seconds. Collectively the Bloodhound SCC will have 47,500 pounds of total thrust -- or nearly 133,000 horsepower -- on tap to complete the mission. The vehicle's sophisticated on-board control and guidance computers will be overseen by a trio of Intel Atom chips. Shakedown testing of the Bloodhound SSC will commence next year, although the team plans to limit the initial runs to 800 mph at which point evaluations will be performed and modifications made prior to retuning to South Africa for the full-on record attempt. Members of the support operation have already begun prepping the designated test area, which will consist of a 3,200-foot wide/9.9-mile long (16km) straightaway with a mile of buffer on either end. For the full story, visit bloodhoundssc.com.