British Rocket Car Looks to Hit 1,000 mph

Nov 24 2009, 6:00am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

British Rocket Car Looks to Hit 1,000 mph
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The 1,000 mph British rocket car has been unveiled in Bristol. The vehicle will be used in an attempt to break the land speed record and is called the Bloodhound SSC. The current land speed record is 763mph.

The car is powered by an EJ200 Eurofighter Typhoon engine and a 400kg rocket. Together the two engines produce the equivalent of 133,150bhp. The wheels of the car are made from forged aluminum and the vehicle will be driven by pilot Andy Green.

The record setting attempt will be performed at Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape Province in South Africa in 2011. The project has 166 sponsors and the car is part of an educational program for 2,410 schools.

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