If you remember the Bloodhound Supser Sonic Car, you know the team behind the monstrosity is out to make sure the land-speed record remains in British custody for the foreseeable future. Currently, the record sits at 763 miles per hour, set by the ThrustSSD in 1997, but the Bloodhound gang wants to see that number upped to 1,050 mph. On land.

For those of you who are counting, that's Mach 1.4.

The team is already well on its way. It just completed the first test firing of its rocket system, and the get up produces a whopping 14,000 pounds of thrust.

The engine sucks down a liquid peroxide and solid synthetic rubber fuel mix and will work in conjunction with a Cosworth CA2010 F1 V8 engine to scoot the Boodhound down the salt flats. If that's not cool enough to ice your cucumbers, the whole kit was designed by 28-year-old, self-trained rocket engineer Daniel Jubb. Look out below for a video of the test run, completed in the safety of a bomb shelter.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 15 Comments
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      One thing I have learned living near Art Arfons is that test firing a LSR car is not the same as going for the record. Many a good power plant has never met the record. I hope they set the record or at least not get anyone hurt trying.
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        They have too good of a pedigree to not set a record. Personally i think they'll more than meet 1,000. I wouldn't be surprised to see it creeping up another couple of hundred.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Supser Sonic? Honestly Zach, you just had one job...
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Bloodhound Supser Sonic Car = Bloodhound Supersonic Car. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodhound_SSC
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Cosworth V8 is only to pump fuel to the jet engine. It is the worlds most desirable fuel pump.
        jamborello
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        The Cosworth has nothing to do with the jet engine, it's there to pump oxidiser into the rocket engine. And yet again, do Autoblog ever proof read anything? That would be supser...
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the wheel driven,ice/electric records are cooler. This "missle with a man in it" is not really a "car" any longer.Sure it's fast,but so is a F-22.
        GTP_Ingram
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JR
        I bet you're only saying that because (and I'm guessing here) you're not British ;) Anything which requires a 750bhp Cosworth F1 engine JUST to pump enough fuel into the rocket is pretty cool in my book. It may not be as relevant as and ice/electric record, but given that this car will have, assuming all goes well, over a 900mph advantage over any wheel-driven record, think the insanity of it all rather does it for me.
          JR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GTP_Ingram
          I have an appreciation for all things British and this included. Like I said, the relevancy of a rocket with wheels is not a "car" in my opinion.
        AXEL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JR
        Electric records are as boring as electric cars. Now H2 powered speed records are interesting...
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure it'll be cool to watch a guy with double XL, brass huevos shoot down the salt flats, strapped to a solid rocket booster, but what does society gain from making a ground vehicle do 1000+ MPH?
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        Inspired children, the whole point of the project.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Supser.
      burkevillebum
      • 2 Years Ago
      Liquid peroxide and solid synthetic rubber fuel mixture....awesome! Maybe we could put a little bit of that in our cars and get some serious MPG.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the trick - how do you engineer it to stay a "car" and not one of the Challenger SRBs. Push that limit baby, 997, 998, 999....
    • Load More Comments