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Jet car Bloodhound SSC accelerates to 537 kilometers per hour

The first full-fledged cars appeared at the beginningXIX century and could accelerate to a maximum of 20 kilometers per hour. Now in the world there are vehicles that, if necessary, can travel up to 490 kilometers in one hour. And this is far from the limit of car capabilities, therefore, for more than ten years, the American company Bloodhound wants to accelerate its own jet car to the speed of sound. The other day, she became one step closer to realizing her goal - the Bloodhound LSR developed by her successfully accelerated to 537 kilometers per hour. In the near future, the company will double this figure and accelerate the car to near supersonic speeds of over 1227.9 kilometers per hour.

After Bloodhound was saved from bankruptcy, the car was repainted in new colors

Bloodhound's story is not perfect. In 2018, she faced a big problem - she lost all her money and was on the verge of closing. However, the British businessman Ian Warhurst quickly noticed the developers of the fastest car in the world and made the necessary investments in the project. Ultimately, work on the creation of a jet car was resumed. An attempt to accelerate the car to record speeds was scheduled for October 2019. To everyone’s surprise, the company did not break the deadlines and most recently demonstrated the capabilities of the Bloodhound LSR in the African Kalahari desert.

The car is equipped with a jet engine Eurojet EJ200

The fastest car in the world

According to New Atlas, before startingFrom the bottom of the dried-up salt lake, about 16,500 tons of soil were excavated and a track was laid. Initially, the car drove along the road at a measured speed of 160 kilometers per hour. Then the pilot made a race at a speed of 321 kilometers per hour. The third time the driver made a 12-second warm-up and accelerated from standstill to a speed of 537 kilometers per hour. For Bloodhound LSR this is a very good indicator, but the team does not want to stop there.

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Over the next four weeksthe car will make new races, gradually increasing speed by 80 kilometers per hour. Ultimately, before the end of this year, the company intends to reach speeds of more than 800 kilometers per hour. The absolute speed record, equal to 1227.9 kilometers per hour, is planned to be beaten in 2020 - it is still unknown what kind of speed the car will be able to reach.

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How does a car behave at high speed?

The fastest car equipped with an engineEurojet EJ200, which is usually installed on military aircraft. It itself resembles an aircraft - this form is made to reduce air resistance. It is known that at high speeds its wheels made of an alloy of aluminum and zirconium begin to slightly come off the ground, so it becomes extremely difficult to drive a car. That is why a rider named Andy Green, who has experience managing high-speed cars, was chosen as a pilot.

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It was this man back in 1997 that he dispersedThrust SSC car to the speed of 1227.9 kilometers per hour, unthinkable at that time. It turns out that in 2020 the rider will try to break his own record. To do this, he will need maximum concentration and reaction, because driving at supersonic speed is like driving on smooth ice.