Bloodhound has been dreaming of setting a new land speed record with a rocket-powered car for the last 15 years. But the target of reaching a speed of 1,287 km/h is not easy.
First of all, they must have money. It is estimated that the company needs 12 million pounds ($14.77 million) to implement the project.
Second, they had to find someone brave enough to drive the car fast enough to break the previous record.
But being able to drive is not enough, the driver also has to carry money. Because the company hopes the driver will be one of the “angel investors” who writes a check for a share of the other £12 million.
Through this humorous recruitment, Bloodhound also hopes to get more sponsors. Currently, they are touring England with a full-size replica of the car, albeit not as fast, to attract more interest in the project.
When searching for “Driver”, driver Andy Green, who had been involved with the Bloodhound project from the beginning, was not removed. He has just moved into a coaching position and is helping to train and guide new recruits.
Andy Green is the man who helped the Bloodhound gain recognition as one of the fastest cars in the world. In 2019, he drove a Bloodhound through the South African desert at a speed so fast it peeled off the paint: 1,010 km/h.
This feat helps the Bloodhound become one of the eight fastest cars of all time, along with the Sonic 1, Blue Flame, Thrust2, Budweiser Rocket, Sonic Arrow, Australian Invader III and Thrust SSC.
The current land speed record is 1,227.986 km/h, set in 1997 by Green himself with the Thrust SSC. Bloodhound wants to surpass this figure.
How much practice time does a person need to drive a car to reach supersonic speed? Just talking the talk is no different than being “Top Gun”. Andy Green is a former Commanding Officer of the British Air Force. Today it is not easy to drive a car 3 times faster than the top speed of an F1 racing car.
That training process is not only to improve your steering wheel, but also to develop a “bulletproof” feeling of steel. The tragic death of Jessie Combs, who intended to become the “world’s fastest female driver” by exceeding the speed mark of 823 km/h, is a clear example of the danger of driving a car. World’s fastest.
Stuart Edmondson, CEO of Bloodhound, said, “He needs to have some skills and experience. I need someone with a very special mind behind the wheel of Bloodhound. A spirit of steel in a challenging environment.”
Bloodhound video shows how Andy Green had to prepare for the 2017 race – Video: Bloodhound
Bloodhound plans to set the record at a specially prepared track in the Northern Cape, South Africa, in June or July 2025.
The car preparing to set the record is equipped with a Nammo rocket engine that works in conjunction with a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine – a machine used to power many fighter aircraft around the world.
Unlike those aircraft, the Bloodhound vehicle will use synthetic jet fuel (also known as electronic fuel, considered a clean solution to internal combustion engines), which is designed to be more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly . The company hopes to revolutionize the aerospace industry, which is not easily electrified.
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