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Word's fastest car set to reach 1,000mph

By T.K. Randall
December 5, 2014 · Comment icon 22 comments

A full scale replica of the 1,000mph Bloodhound SSC. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Tony Hisgett
The team behind the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car will attempt to break the land speed record in 2015.
Designed to be the fastest ground based vehicle ever built, the high-speed car is constructed from a combination of titanium and carbon fiber and will feature both a jet engine and a rocket booster to help propel it in to the record books.

Once it is ready to go the UK-based team plan to conduct the record attempt at the Hakskeen Pan, a dry lake bed in South Africa which provides a twelve mile expanse of flat terrain.

Due to the speeds involved the car will use special aliminium wheels in place of rubber tyres.

"Beyond about 450mph it's really, really hard to keep a tyre on - they just get flung off. So we have solid aluminum," said former RAF fighter jet pilot Andy Green who will be driving the vehicle.
"We've been through a huge evolution of finding something that's tough enough that would do the job. Basically this car goes faster than a speeding bullet, so anything that hits this is like being shot at from a gun."

Green is no stranger to driving at extreme speeds having already set the existing land speed world record of 763mph which he accomplished in the Thrust SSC more than 18 years ago.

For this next attempt however the speed will be way beyond anything even he has experienced.

"A thousand miles an hour at ground level is faster than any jet fighter has ever traveled in history, so there are going to be some major challenges," he said.



Source: CNN | Comments (22)




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Comment icon #13 Posted by Atuke 10 years ago
What a waste of resources
Comment icon #14 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
This evidently fills a thrill need and need for "15 minutes of fame". This is extremely dangerous and useless in the whole scheme of things. Is there a practical application I'll missing?
Comment icon #15 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
This evidently fills a thrill need and need for "15 minutes of fame". This is extremely dangerous and useless in the whole scheme of things. Is there a practical application I'll missing? Good question. I don't know either.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
At 1000 MPH, one little pebble could ruin your whole day.
Comment icon #17 Posted by lightly 10 years ago
ya , it just seems TOO dangerous... physics and all , ya know?
Comment icon #18 Posted by highdesert50 10 years ago
Risk takers ...to reach for the unreachable. For better or worse, they inspire, influence, and cause change.
Comment icon #19 Posted by lightly 10 years ago
^ yup, that's true enough. I sure hope the guy makes it. (yikes)
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
Risk takers ...to reach for the unreachable. For better or worse, they inspire, influence, and cause change. And keep ER doctors and morticians employed.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Cruel_Cahal 10 years ago
Why?
Comment icon #22 Posted by toast 10 years ago
Why? Because its possible.


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