The amount of development and ingenuity it takes to make a vehicle go 1,000 mph is simply staggering, but that’s exactly what the Bloodhound SSC team hopes to do next year.
Consisting of Project Director Richard Noble and driver Andy Green, the Bloodhound SSC team is aiming to smash the current land speed record of 763 mph that was set by the group’s Thrust SSC car back in 1997.
Just how fast is 1,000 mph? A handy new infographic has been posted on the website ToolOrders, which hopes to put that monumental speed into context.
As you can see, 1,000 mph is frighteningly fast and impressive. It’s also loud and hot, with an estimated decibel reading of 180 (comparable to a 747 at take off), and a rocket temperature of 3,000 degrees C (5,432 degrees F). According to the team’s website, that’s twice as hot as the inside of a volcano.
As we reported in November, the Bloodhound SSC will equip a 5.0-liter, 550-horsepower V8 plucked from the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. While the engine is impressive for a sports car, it pales in comparison to the jet and rocket propulsion systems of the supersonic vehicle.
Thus, the supercharged V8 will actually be in charge of powering the oxidizer pump, funneling 800 liters (211.3 gallons) of High Test Peroxide to the rocket in just 20 seconds. For those keeping score at home, that’s the equivalent of 40 liters (10.5 gallons) every second.
Jaguar will also be providing bespoke rapid response vehicles during the speed run, as well as offering design input on the Bloodhound SSC’s cockpit.
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