Bloodhound SSCWhat is it about the inherent nature of man to go fast? Since the first car there has always been a race to go faster. The Bloodhound SSC is the ultimate definition of this need. This beast of a car is expecting to go an impressive 1000 mph! This record will blow the previous record of 760 mpg clear out of the water.

For a car to even attempt this kind of feat requires a serious design and technology. To achieve the record speed the Bloodhound will use custom designed rocket, a jet from a fighter plan AND the engine from a Formula 1 racecar. In order to minimize air resistance the Bloodhound will have a custom designed “pencil” shape. The wheels are made of solid aluminum and were designed to rotate at 10,000 rpm and experience a force of  50,000 g’s. The Bloodhound will be made of a combination of titanium and steel alloys. In order to slow down the car will use a combination of air brakes and disk brakes.

The team behind the Bloodhound had to be very particular when choosing a driver. The acceleration is expected to be very fast going from 0 to a 1000 in only 42 seconds. This will put tremendous forces to the tune of 2.5 g’s which can cause the human body to black out. For this reason the team decided to go with Andy Green. Green was not only in the Air Force but he was the driver for the current record speed of 760 mph. Still that jump in speed will require intense training from Green experiencing constant force.

Investigation to find a place to unleash this car is still ongoing. The team needs to find a place where friction won’t be a problem and far away from human settlement.  The attempt will almost certainly take place on a dry sale lake such as Bonneville.

The team behind the project is very dedicated. Unlike other attempts at records there is no one company behind this project. The project is actually sponsored by many companies yet the main purpose is to foster an interest in science and engineering in the minds of young people.

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