Breaking the 1000mph Barrier: Bloodhound SSC.

The land speed record is something that since its founding has pushed the boundaries of automotive engineering and how far man is willing to push himself to claim that prestigious title.

The first land speed record was recorded in 1898 by a Frenchman called Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, who set the bar at 39.24 mph. Since then car engine technology and aerodynamics have leaped forward and in 1997 the current land speed record was set by a British team and their car Thrust SSC. Piloted by British RAF pilot Andy Green, the Thrust SSC achieved a speed of 763 mph (1,228 km/h), a record that still stands to this day. But maybe not for long…

This year the team are back with a brand new car called the Bloodhound SSC, and are aiming to not only break their current record, but smash it, breaking the 1000 mph barrier as they do.

But just how fast is 1000 mph? Most of us could never even dream of travelling at those kinds of speeds, so we thought we’d give you some insight into just how fast Andy Green will be travelling when trying to make history by travelling at over 1000 mph in a car.


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At 1000 mph the Bloodhound SSC will be travelling 238.8mph faster than the speed of sound and 237 mph faster than the current land speed record. A speed fast enough to travel the entire length of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in under 2 seconds.

The Bloodhound SSC is fitted with jet and rocket engines that produce a massive 135,000 horsepower. Enough to propel the car up to 1000 mph, which is fast enough to travel the entire 4,258 miles of the River Nile in 4.2 hours and the height of Mount Everest in just 19.79 seconds.

In a regular road car travelling at 70 mph, it would take Andy Green 11.6 hours to travel the entire length of the United Kingdom. In the Bloodhound SSC travelling at 1000 mph, he would get the journey done in 52 minutes and 26 seconds. (Providing there’s no traffic, of course)

Not only will the Bloodhound SSC drive from London to New York quicker than a flight on a Boeing 747, but it would also take 20 minutes less to complete the journey than it would for you to watch The Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.

In 2009 Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made history as he set a new World Record in the 100m sprint. Bolt took the gold medal and left his competition trailing behind in a highly impressive time of 9.58 seconds. If he had come up against the Bloodhound SSC, the car would’ve completed 10.7 laps of the entire 400m track, by the time Bolt had finished.

Travelling at its top speed of 1050 mph, the Bloodhound SSC would take only 10 days to travel to the moon and could do an entire lap of the earth in less than 24 hours – that’s 24,901 miles in 23 hours 42 minutes and 55 seconds! That’s fast… That’s really fast.

Keep your eyes peeled for Team Bloodhound SSC’s land speed record attempt at some point in the near future.

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