• Oct 23, 2008
Click above for gallery of the 1,000-mph Blackhound SSC

The current land speed record (LSR) for an earth-bound motor vehicle is 763 mph, which was set by Andy Green behind the wheel of the Thrust SSC back in 1997. That car was designed by Richard Noble, among others, and he and his driver are teaming up again to build a new supersonic car (SSC) to shatter the old record on its way to a new LSR of 1,000 mph. The new car is called the Bloodhound Project, a curious name since "speed" doesn't readily come to mind when thinking about that particular breed of canine, but whatever. The new Bloodhound SSC will be powered by three engines: a hybrid rocket, Eurojet EJ200 jet engine and 800bhp V12 engine, the latter of which will pull the vehicle around at low speeds and act as a starter motor - the world's most powerful starter motor - for the jet engine. The car's design is also completely different from that of the Thrust SSC, which Green and Noble used to set the current LSR. That car had two outboard jet engines, but in order to reach speeds of Mach 1.4 on the ground, the Bloodhound SSC will use a narrower fuselage that's been aerodynamically optimized to safely travel at speeds approaching 1,000 mph. Since this is an engineering exercise, the Brit-based Bloodhound team will gear up to their ultimate goal by scheduling successive runs to reach 800 mph in 2009, 900 mph in 2010 and finally 1,000 mph in 2011. You can read more about the car from Noble himself at the project's website, or check out the current design mockup in our gallery below. Thanks for the tip, Qkthr!


[Source: BloodhoundSSC.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought British drivers hated things that only went fast in a straight line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The British have held the overall Land Speed Record more times than any other nationality. They've owned it for 73 out of the last 80 years.
      JOW
      • 6 Years Ago
      Flashpoint - your post on 10/23 @ 9:07 certainly sounds like a self-description
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this project funded by Heaven Smile?
      jep
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ive always wondered why somebody would spend Millions on a car that will only be used for going fast in one direction.
      On the other hand if you live in Alaska and the neerest package store is 1000 miles away and its close to closing time .....No Worries
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brits wealthy some times do interesting things with there money. Where was the support for Breedlove's Land Speed records and they were there the week Noble got the record. Noble's record was well funded, Breedlove's not so much.

      Its a shame this USE to be a great country, not anymore... Its turning into a playground for other countries wealthy... Just go to NYC and count how many times you hear German or Swedish in the major shopping districts this Christmas....






      • 6 Years Ago
      800bhp starter motor... Damn!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not just a starter motor, it also runs the pump that supplies the oxidizer to the solid fuel rocket motor. Unlike on the space shuttle, using a separate oxidizer allows the solid fuel rocket to be shut down any time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems strange to me that we are talking about breaking land speed records. These are rolling "jets", are they not? They are not cars. I would seem that the original idea was to see how fast a CAR could go. These are not cars. It seems to lose all perpspective.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow. I love what those guys are doing, and their new porject just instantly put "GOOOOOOOO" into my mind. but anyway.... the first SSC looked MUCH cooler.
      Gary
      • 6 Years Ago
      The attempt, will undoubtedly take place at Black Rock !
      • 6 Years Ago
      We might finally get that flying car we were promised 50 years ago...

      of course, it might be unintentional.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Flashpoint,

        Actually, the Veyron and cars that you can actually buy are nowhere near the land speed record for cars powered by an internal combustion engine. That title belongs to the Goldenrod which drove 409.277 MPH in 1965.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like an SR-71, sans wings. I'm thinking they should probably include some kind of wings.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Land Speed Records being set by...*ahem*...ROCKET CARS don't interest me at all.

        I'm interested in land speed records set by INTERNAL COMBUSTION VEHICLES like Veyron and Enzo.

        ROCKET CARS are ridiculously powerful and faster than many airplanes. Build me a Veyron that can break the sound barrier and THEN I'll plop down $5,000,000

        In fact, thats a really cool GOAL. Can a car be built that drives like a regular car but CAN BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Greg

        WRONG.... the Goldenrod had 4 ENGINES...not a single engine.

        Maybe I should have been MORE SPECIFIC since people on weblogs like to try and make it appear they are smarter than everyone else...

        I want to see a SINGLE ENGINED. internal combustion, production car set land speed records in its class.

        Is that enough for you?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm just glad knowing that I won't be the one in the cockpit. Godspeed to whoever is though....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but thats one hell of a way to go.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Indeed it is my Audi friend. You can be sure you wouldn't feel it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      talk about nucking futs
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but thats one hell of a way to go.
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