UK: Supersonic “Bloodhound” Car Unveiled at Farnborough Air Show

Epoch Times22. Juli 2010 Aktualisiert: 22. Juli 2010 23:12

Unveiling a new generation of fast car – this will be in a league of its own.

Bloodhound SSC, or supersonic car, is designed not just to break the current land speed record of 763 miles an hour (1228kph), but to smash it.

Bloodhound’s driver was at the wheel the last record fell, making Wing Commander Andy Green, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, the first man to drive a car faster than the speed of sound.

[Wing Commander Andy Green, RAF, Bloodhound SSC Driver]:             
„We have fixed the shape. We managed that a few months ago. Now we know, because of the modelling we have done, we know this shape will go to a thousand miles an hour. Now we are actually going to get on and build it.“

Bloodhound SSC, named after a missile, is powered by a combination of a rocket and the jet engine from a Typhoon fighter.

From a standing start it will reach 1,000 mph in just 45 seconds and be stationary again just 100 seconds and ten miles later.

The design was revealed at Farnborough Air Show, in the UK, with a Typhoon showing off its awesome power and Andy Green noting his car will be faster than the current low-level air speed record, let alone the land speed record.

[Wing Commander Andy Green, RAF, Bloodhound SSC Driver]:

„Here we are at Farnborough, Farnborough International Air Show, we have got all these fantastic aeroplanes around us, this is the fastest thing here. We’re going to be quicker than any of them.“

Construction of the car has now begun with test runs scheduled to start on a dry lake bed in South Africa in 2012.

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