2012 Land-Speed Record Attempt: ~1600km/h

7 years 9 months ago #1 by NewsBot
What's the best way to get kids interested in science? A supersonic, rocket/car hybrid that might be able to travel across land at 1,000-mph. According to Autoblog, that's what the guys behind the Bloodhound Education Program, which is a super-expensive albeit cool way to get youngsters' attention, is banking on, anyway.



The team, which includes speed-record legend Richard Noble and driver Andy Green, recently unveiled a full-scale model of the 42-foot-long vehicle that could break the current world land speed record, which is set at 763-mph by the ThrustSSC car. To do this, the Bloodhound will use three types of propulsion: a hybrid rocket, a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine and an 800 bhp V12 engine. Noble and his team are talking with a company about constructing the front half of the car soon, and construction for the car's rear end should begin by the end of next year. That means the Bloodhound could start test runs as early as 2012.

Of course, that's optimistic. The Bloodhound Project has been in the works for years. It's more likely that the kids whom Noble and his team hope to interest will grow up to work on the project before the supersonic car ever breaks any records


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