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1,000mph car successfully fires up jet engine

October 1, 2017 | Comment icon 18 comments

Can the Bloodhound SSC hit 1,000 miles per hour ? Image Credit: YouTube / Bloodhound SSC
Known as Bloodhound, the supersonic racing car will attempt to break the land-speed record in October.
Developed through a collaboration between 280 companies worldwide, the UK's Bloodhound SSC has been meticulously designed with the goal of exceeding the 1,000mph barrier for the first time ever.

To achieve this, the vehicle will first use its Rolls-Royce jet turbine engine to take it up to speeds of around 300mph before activating its powerful rocket engine to propel it the rest of the way.

The vehicle's third engine, a supercharged V8 Jaguar F-Type, will be supplying the rocket with hydrogen peroxide fuel at it goes along.

Together the three engines will produce 133,151bhp - the equivalent to 180 Formula One cars, while propelling the car at a speed that will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
This week the team achieved what has been described as a "huge engineering milestone" by firing up the car's powerful jet engine and taking it up to maximum reheat for the first time.

The actual record attempt is due to take place in October on a 1.7-mile strip of runway in Newquay.

"Integrating a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine into the car is a huge challenge; however, we have succeeded," said Stuart Edmondson, head of engineering operations.

"Witnessing the EJ200 jet engine at maximum reheat is a fantastic experience. Not only can you see the shock diamonds and hear the deafening noise, you can physically feel the power of the engine as your body shakes."

Source: Sky News | Comments (18)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by toast 5 years ago
All known already.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ozymandias 5 years ago
This is just a piece of hype, probably to encourage investment in the project. Statically testing a jet engine, whether it is in the original aircraft, on a testbed or rigged into a prototype land vehicle, is no great acievement. The true challenge comes when it undergoes dynamic testing when powering a wheeled vehicle at speed. Even then the real problems lie with the vehicle dynamics rather than with the engines operational performance. But good luck to them.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Haroldbattschits 5 years ago
To all those that question "why"- if you have to ask then you won't get it. And you will probably live a completely mundane life. Why should we go to the moon? Why should we send rockets to Mars? Why not? Human nature usually inspires such undertakings, but only the great thinkers and adventurers  will succeed at moving humanity forward.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lobotomy 5 years ago
And how, might I add is the Navier–Stokes equations 'known' already when according to the Clay Mathematics Institute, it's one of the seven most important open problems in mathematics and have offered a US$1,000,000 prize for a solution or a counterexample?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
What practical lessons are learned from the longest time spent in a bathtub of baked beans or the most stinging nettles eaten in five minutes?
Comment icon #14 Posted by godnodog 5 years ago
"1,000mph car successfully fires up jet engine" Impressive, I too succeeded in turning on my toaster this morning
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mark56 5 years ago
This is exactly what I need to get to work on time.
Comment icon #16 Posted by internetperson 5 years ago
That's definitely not a car, it's a rocket on 4 wheels. Regardless very cool. Whoever actually has the balls to drive that thing 1kmph has my respect.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Black Monk 5 years ago
Comment icon #18 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago

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