buying Bloodhound SSC Fires Jet Engine Ahead of 1,000 MPH World Record Attempt

17:01  05 october  2017
17:01  05 october  2017 Source:   Automobile

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Supercars are fast. Hypercars are faster. Land speed record cars, however, are on another level of speed and the Bloodhound SSC is the craziest of them all. Andy Green, a former RAF fighter pilot, set the current world land speed record in 1997 by going 763.035 mph .

A supersonic car that will attempt to break the 1 ,600 kilometers per hour ( 1 , 000 miles per hour ) limit has had a successful test run of its powerful jet engine . Called Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic Car), the vehicle is being developed by a team from Oxford in the UK.

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Andy Green, a former RAF fighter pilot, set the current world land speed record in 1997 by going 763.035 mph. He did so in a twin-engine airplane-like fuselage car and had the equivalent of 110,000 horsepower.

Green's now back, and is looking to beat that record not just by a few more mph, but rather by about 250 more mph so he can be the first person to hit 1,000 mph.

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Bloodhound supersonic car tests its powerful fire -blasting jet engine ahead of its 1000 mph world record attempt . The Bloodhound Supersonic Car was originally conceived in 2007. Footage shows EJ200 Eurofigher jet engine firing up before initial speed tests.

Supersonic car makes it world debut in London ahead of its 1 , 000 mph record -breaking run. These controls have been fitted to make sure the Bloodhound SSC reaches its target 1 , 000 mph ( 1 ,610km/h) as safely as possible.

The new land speed "car" makes Green's original "car" look like a child's play thing.

  Bloodhound SSC Fires Jet Engine Ahead of 1,000 MPH World Record Attempt © Automobile Magazine Staff

Propelling the Bloodhound SSC are two jet engines from Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon, and a Nammo rocket cluster, which will give the Bloodhound SSC the equivalent of 135,000 horsepower.

It also uses an 800 horsepower supercharged Jaguar V-8 engine as its fuel pump for the rocket's oxidizing agent.

  Bloodhound SSC Fires Jet Engine Ahead of 1,000 MPH World Record Attempt © Automobile Magazine Staff

As for whereGreen and the Bloodhound SSC team will make their run, they've chosen the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. According to the team, it has the perfect conditions for a record run.

However, while the testing phase of the venture is going well, conditions on the Pan are only good enough for the record during the months between July to November and the team just isn't ready to complete it this year.

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At 200 miles per hour (320 km/h), the hybrid rocket engine kicks in. The vehicle, which looks more like a jet than a car, accelerates at three Gs. But in 2007, the fledgling Bloodhound SSC team decided to do what no one had tried before: break the 1 , 000 mph barrier.

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  Bloodhound SSC Fires Jet Engine Ahead of 1,000 MPH World Record Attempt © Automobile Magazine Staff

Safety, especially for something that can hit 1,000 mph, must be first when considering the variables and there are just too many that still need to be sorted properly.

This unfortunately means that we won't get to see the potential record-breaking run until the fall of 2018.


However, to satiate our appetites for the quest of speed domination, the Bloodhound SSC team has released two short video clips showing off the first afterburner test and the first time Green's been in the cockpit of the real thing. We can only imagine what was going through his head.


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