This is what it takes to build a 1,000-mph car
And what a vehicle it is, called a mix between a "fast fighter jet, a Formula One car, a spaceship and a boat" by one of its engineers. A few of the intriguing facts: it uses a 600-horsepower race car engine just to turn a pump that sends peroxide to the rocket engine at 1,200 psi; it generates 20 tons of thrust between that rocket and the Eurofighter Typhoon EJ200 engine, needed to overcome the 15 tons of drag it will encounter assuming it gets to 1,050 mph; it takes 15 seconds to get to 100 mph, but another ten seconds - ideally - to reach 1,000 mph. Even the numbers away from the Bloodhound are magnificent: the team decided that on safety grounds there couldn't be any pebble larger than a marble on the desert bed in South Africa where the run will take place, so 6,000 tons of rocks have been removed from an area that wants to be known as the Bonneville of the southern hemisphere.
XCAR spent some time with the team behind the effort, and it's a fascinating watch that you can enjoy in the video below.
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