The insane Bloodhound SSC will make its attempt at a new land speed record next year.
Currently holding the record at 763 mph is Andy Green, who piloted the Thrust SSC in 1997. Yes, that means the world’s fastest man has held the record for two decades and he will also be the one behind the wheel when the Bloodhound SSC attempts to break that record.
The team will first make an attempt to reach 800 mph in South Africa’s Hakskeen Salt Pan in the Kalahari Desert, serving as practice before a tentatively scheduled run sometime in 2018, when the Bloodhound SSC will try to reach 1,000 mph.
Nearly a decade in the making, the Bloodhound SSC features a two-stage power system with a jet engine being used to initially propel the vehicle to around 300 mph. After that, a Nanno hybrid rocket system takes over to push it as fast as 1,000 mph. Jaguar also contributes with a third engine, a supercharged V8 that powers the rocket’s oxidizer pump.
Over 30 people are involved in the effort, including a British team of top Formula One and aerospace industry engineers.