LONDON: Don’t want to do your maths homework? A rocket-powered car that could break the world land speed record and travel at over 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 kilometers) per hour could be the solution.
The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) unveiled in London on Thursday (Friday in Manila) is an engineering marvel that its builders hope will inspire a new generation of engineers like the Space Race during the Cold War.
With a fighter jet engine and rockets, the sleek 135,000-horsepower car is as powerful as 180 Formula One racing cars and will go faster than a bullet.
In 1997, Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green established the current record of 1,228 kilometers per hour – faster than the speed of sound – in the Nevada desert in the United States on board the Thrust SSC.
Almost 20 years later, Green is planning to get behind the wheel again and beat his own record.
The plan is to reach 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) per hour next year in South Africa and then shatter a mind-bending 1,000 miles per hour threshold in 2017.
“We want to set the bar so high that it will be very difficult for anyone to take, it,” project director Richard Noble told Agence France-Presse.
The £15-million (20 million euro, $23 million) car is a jumble of hi-tech that relates as much to aeronautics and aerospace as to the automotive industry.