For many years there were rumors about the Bloodhound SSC -the British attempt to break the speed record for a land vehicle, using a car driven by rocket and jet engines. Now we can finally see the finished version of the rocket car with our own eyes, since yesterday they were officially presented in London. The creators of the Bloodhound SSC also confirmed that the first attempt to accelerate to 800 miles per hour (1287 kilometers per hour) and break the world speed record will take place on October 15 of this year.
Surprisingly, the appearance of the rocket is verysimilar to the original renders that appeared a few years ago. The design of the Bloodhound SSC is determined by the requirements of aerodynamics, as well as the need to accommodate a Rolls-Royce jet engine, the main driver of the car, and Nammo rocket engines, which will allow the Bloodhound SSC to accelerate to speeds above 1000 miles per hour (1609 kilometers per hour). In addition, the novelty has an engine Jaguar V-8, which works as a fuel pump for a rocket engine.
A new model was introduced with two differentwheel sets. The first one - rubber tires, borrowed from the English fighter jet of the Cold War, will be used during the first test run; hard-alloy wheels will be used in South Africa during attempts to break the record speed. If the rocket car manages to overcome the target bar of 1000 miles per hour, its wheels will rotate at a speed of more than 10200 revolutions per minute.
Bloodhound SSC was put on display without partexternal body kit, which allowed us to look inside. There are three screens in the cockpit booth, which will display all the information needed by the pilot - the officer of the Royal Air Force and the candidate for the title of the bravest man in the world, Andy Green.
Bloodhound will spend four more days at the London Exhibition Center, during which more than 8,000 people will be able to see it. And very soon we will all be able to look at this beast in action.
Based on Popular Mechanics