Driver Andy Green and his team will try and beat his own previous land speed record of 760mph (1,223km/h) by gunning for the 1,000mph (1,609km/h, about Mach 1.3) mark in 42 seconds. You may be thinking what could possibly propel someone from 0 to 1,000 without ripping their face off? An aircraft engine? Try a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine.
The EJ200 engine creates more than 20,000 pounds of force which would be enough for some record breakers. Not for Green and his Bloodhound team, as they have coupled this with a hybrid rocket which pumps out a combined thrust of up to 47,500 pounds of force. Putting that into perspective, it would be equivalent to the power of 180 F1 cars.
What those big engines will be propelling is a 950kg, 12.8-meter long vehicle which was carefully designed with aerodynamic research using computational fluid dynamics to create a shape that would be stable at supersonic speeds and controllable sub-sonic velocity. This is finished off in an aerospace paint usually seen in civil and military aircrafts.
As of yet, they haven’t specified a date for their record attempt as they say it all depends on funding. If you’ve got an insatiable need for speed, try breaking the Bloodhound’s speed record. That should cool you nerves for a bit.
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