A CRACK British squad of elite engineers hailing from the worlds of Formula One and the aerospace industry have announced that they will attempt to smash the world land speed record next year.
The world’s fastest man, Andy Green, who is the current holder of the long-standing 763mph record will try and beat it with an 800mph attempt behind the wheel of a specially designed Bloodhound SSC.
Even that would be a mere practice run for a scheduled blast into history with an audacious plan to smash 1,000mph sometime in 2018, which would be a huge breakthrough for the motoring world.
The Bloodhound SSC is still being developed to perfection after nearly a decade of intensive work using the very latest aerodynamic technology, with the 30-strong team expecting the final model to be complete by next summer, and Green destined for the Kalahari desert of South Africa the following October.
A two-stage power system will see the Bloodhound propelled to 300mph by a eurofighter aircraft engine before a Nammo hybrid rocket system takes it to the supersonic levels of 1,000mph, while a supercharged V Jaguar sourced engine powers the oxidiser pump.
Expected to produce an insane 135,000hp, the Bloodhound also boasts three braking systems, seven fire extinguishers, and 500 sensors to calculate every microsecond of its journey.
Lucky and plucky driver Andy Green is a former fighter pilot who manned the Thrust SSC in 1997 to the previous world record and he will take the Bloodhound out for its first public run in Newquay early next year, where he will gently cruise it to 200mph.