Farnborough International Air Show is truly underway now, and there was something on show that belongs on the ground and not in the air – the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC). This will be the latest vehicle to try and attempt the land speed record, but will try and crack 1,000 mph – this certainly makes the Bugatti Veyron look pedestrian.
The Bloodhound is the work of Richard Noble and other people who were involved with the vehicle that still holds the land speed record. The car on show was a 1:1 model, so looked as it would on the outside, but had none of the inner workings.
The reason why the Bloodhound was at the airshow is because of its powerplant – one Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine and a Falcon hybrid rocket. You will not want to be near that thing when Wing Commander Andy Green opens the taps up for the world record attempt.
Although Bloodhound is still in model form, the team behind the project will begin construction early 2011. The first shakedown of the vehicle will either be in late 2011 or early 2012.
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