Stuff Formula One -- if you like your cars fast (and I mean really fast), look no further than the Bloodhound supersonic car. Aiming to break the land speed record of 763 mph at the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, it's been today revealed that the Bloodhound SSC will make its public debut a little closer to home -- Cornwall's Newquay.
As part of trials taking place ahead of the vehicle's grand record attempt, the Bloodhound team will test the vehicle at a more-sedate but still absolutely mental 200mph at the Newquay Aerohub on November 17th of this year. After this trial, the car will be fitted with airbrakes and winglets in order to prepare it for gruelling high-speed testing in South Africa next summer. The team's ultimate goal is for the vehicle to hit a top speed of somewhere over 1,000mph -- which would probably end up making the world spin backwards or something.
Construction of the Bloodhound is said to be "well advanced", with a "titanium floor fitted, two metre high tail fin nearly finished and carbon-fibre front monocoque painted to aerospace standards" according to today's release. The finished Bloodhound will be equipped with three power sources, powering a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon. The SSC is also propelled by a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 engine, driving the rocket oxidiser pump. Working in tandem, they generate 135,000 thrust hp, which is equal to the force created by 180 F1 cars. Probably best not to ask about the mileage.
Currently being assembled at the Bloodhound Technical Center in Bristol, fearless Andy Green will be the car's test driver when it eventually makes its record attempt, with the vehicle's speed and dangerous nature necessitating that the team found a stretch of desert track 12 miles long and two miles wide to accommodate it. [Bloodhound]