Published May 14, 2013
The mission: Build a car that can exceed 1,000 miles per hour.
Do we have your attention yet?
The jet-engine maker Rolls-Royce PLC have announced that they're supporting the Bloodhound Project, an educational program (and a real land-speed-record effort) that hopes to break that barrier.
Rolls will be supplying a version of its EJ200 engine for the project, from a Eurofighter Typhoon; that will be complemented by a Cosworth F1 engine driving the rocket-oxidizer pump and together generating 135,000 equivalent horsepower—180 times one of today's F1 cars, notes the jet-engine maker.
During the project, the Bloodhound Project will be supplying lesson plans for teachers, in the hopes that it will give context or inspiration for students studying the sciences and math-related fields—and future generations of engineers.
Ultimately, the team, headed by Richard Noble, hopes to break the current record, of 763 mph (set by Thrust SSC in 1997) by a long shot.
Testing for the Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) effort will be manufactured by various specialist companies in the UK, and runway testing will start in early 2014, before the team decamps to Kaksken Pan, South Africa—where the car can be run on a stretch of desert that's two miles wide, 12 miles long, and perfectly flat.