1,000 mph car project update: Bloodhound SSC rocket passes test (Video)

By on Oct 4, 2012 in Amazing, Automobile, Europe, Technology Comments

The world’s first 1,000 mph car project has a new development, after a group of British scientists announced that the hybrid Bloodhound SSC rocket has just passed the test, as shown in the video below. It was said to be the largest rocket fired in the UK for over 20 years.

According to press release by Bloodhound SSC on its official website on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the Bloodhound SSC rocket, which measures 4 meters (12 feet) long and 45.7 cm (18 inches) in diameter, was fired at the Aerohub, Newquay Cornwall Airport that day, and passed the test.

As noted in the report, the rocket was tested for around 10 seconds and has generated 14,000 lbs of peak thrust, or around 30 to 40,000 equivalent horsepower (hp), with sound levels at the rocket nozzle reaching to 185 dB, a huge milestone for the development of the 1,000 mph car.

“Nobody’s done anything like this before. If you’re going to do something like this, you’ve got to … set a high bar.” Bloodhound project director Richard Noble was quoted at US Today, a before the rocket was tested, which was designed to produce a total of 80,000 hp and 27,500 pounds of thrust.

Richard Noble is also the creator of Thrust SSC, which currently holds the title of world’s fastest car after it became the first car to officially break the sound barrier, when it reached the speed of 763 mph (1,228 kph) on a dry lake bed in Black Rock Desert in Nevada back in 1997.

Based on the plan, the Bloodhound SSC car will be tested on the Hakskeen Pan, a dry lake bed in the northwest corner of Northern Cape, South Africa in 2013, where Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green, who drove the Thrust SSC, will be making an attempt to drive a 1,000 mph car.

1,000 mph car Bloodhound SSC
Bloodhound SSC, aiming to be the 1,000 mph car
Image Credit: BloodhoundSSC.com

Bloodhound SSC rocket testing
Video Credit: 1050mph/YouTube

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