Back in 2006, Autocar tested a parking lot's worth of road-legal metal to see which was fastest from 0 to 100 miles per hour and back to 0. The Bugatti Veyron beat everything else there with a time of 9.9 seconds, including two motorcycles, outdone only by an exceedingly non-road-legal A1GP car, and spending 5.5 seconds of that time getting to 100 mph. The specialist-yet-road-legal Ultima GTR then lowered the 0-100-0 time to 9.4 seconds.

What's it like, then, to another zero to that middle number, doing the 0-1000-0 run? That's what the seven-ton Bloodhound SSC will attempt to do on the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, and the team has drawn us a picture of what the ideal acceleration and deceleration curves will look like, and it involves captions like "20 seconds in we'll pass 200 mph," "sound barrier," and disc brakes that can't be used until pilot Andy Green is back under 200 mph.

A challenge just as compelling as the top speed is making sure the car stops in time - there are rock formations just beyond the start and finish lines. And the team has to get it right twice in order to set the record. You can watch how they want things to go in the video below.



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      Ryan Schneider
      • 6 Months Ago
      Based on engineering challenges alone, this is one of the most amazing attempts in a long time...........I'm so excited to see if they pull it off. Even if they don't do the kilo, they are bound to shatter the existing record.
      scott3
      • 6 Months Ago
      I would recommend a visit to their web site. This is a most interesting attempt with a Jet Engine and Rocket engine combo. The Fuel pump is run by a Cosworth F1 V8 gas engine. I was lucky to get to meet and hear Richard Noble the former record holder and team manager here speak on this car. The dynamic pressures on the car are amazing. This is far from just taking the wings off a plane and making an attempt. Andy is taking a very big calculated risk here. He is much like Chuck Yegar as no matter how you figure this project out there are still unknowns that can still bite you. What many fail to realize is Andy on his run to break the sound barrier was at full right lock on the steering at over 700 MPH to hold the car straight. This is one event I would watch with great interest and deep prayer for Andy. But he knows what he is getting into and they will challenge the speed in steps to see that they are not over their heads. This really is a moon shot and they will never leave earth. This by far is one of the most technical projects we have seen in a good while.
      turbo_awd
      • 6 Months Ago
      "What's it like, then, to another zero to that middle number, doing the 0-1000-0 run?" I think you accidentally a word...
      PrintError
      • 6 Months Ago
      I gotta say, I'm really rooting for this one. It's an impossible dream, but if you don't dream big, you'll never get there at all. Good luck Bloodhound!
      SCOTTM
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm speechless!
      jebibudala
      • 6 Months Ago
      Danger to manifold?
      BryanGx
      • 6 Months Ago
      12 mile track... I wonder what the MPG figure is on that beast.