Bloodhound supersonic car eyes land speed record in South Africa


A team of British engineers have unveiled a Bloodhound supersonic car designed to break the land speed record by travelling at more than 800 miles (1,280 kilometres) per hour at South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan lake bed next year.

Built by Formula 1 and aerospace engineers using jet and rocket engines, the Bloodhound could be capable of reaching speeds of more than 1,600 kilometres per hour, the team said.

The 13.5-metre vehicle produces more than seven times the combined power of all the cars in a Formula 1 race, it said.

“Public interest in the project is incredible and thanks to the generous support of our partners we are delighted to able to bring Bloodhound SSC (supersonic car) to London and put it on show,” said project director Richard Noble.

“With the car now built and the track in South Africa prepared, our focus is on racing in 2016,” Noble said.

British driver Andy Green, who is scheduled to pilot the Bloodhound, set the current land speed record of 1,228 kilometres per hour in the United States in 1997 with the Thrust SSC.