Bloodhound SSC to Make Land Speed Record Attempt in October 2017

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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