Construction Begins on the World's Fastest Car: The Bloodhound

By Patrick Morgan | February 7, 2011 6:03 pm

The next candidate for the world’s fastest car is no longer a mere figment of design–researchers officially began constructing the racer this week.

Called the Bloodhound, engineers hope that it will reach 1,000 miles per hour.

The Bloodhound was designed by a few of the key members of the Thrust SuperSonic Car team–the current world record holder, at 763 mph–and boasts a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine as well as a hybrid rocket booster (solid fuel propellant and liquid oxidizer). No surprise, then, that it’s being built by some of the biggest names in the business: Hampson Industries, an aerospace company, is handling the rear chassis, while Advanced Composites Group will construct the front. Lockheed Martin is collaborating on the aluminum wheels. [Popular Science]

Towards the beginning of 2012, the team plans on conducting low speed tests of the car. But later that same year–or possibly in 2013–they’ll try for the real goal: to break the world land speed record. All eyes will be on Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Northern Cape, the planned site for the hopeful record-break event.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be handing over the drawings to the people who will now build the car,” said chief engineer Mark Chapman. “It’s a ‘progressive definition release’ which means as soon as we finish a design, it goes out the door. The first metal parts should start coming back to our design house in Bristol by Easter,” he told BBC News. [BBC News]

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  • Wil

    Go, Buckaroo Bonzai! To the 8th dimension!

  • Fernando

    I don’t understand, why do they develop these cars?

  • Barry Johnstone.

    I’m not an engineer but I would imagine that the development of this particular car would lead on to other things. I do have the feeling that it’s only the tip of an iceberg.

  • nick

    Re: Fernando, because it’s never been done before. We do it to see if we can. Because it’s a pinnacle achievement of engineering until someone comes along and makes something better.

  • Wilbur

    A Toyota, caught in the act?

  • Justin

    Ending homelessness has never been done before either. Question – Build a car that costs millions and millions of dollars to “see if we can”, or spend millions and millions of dollars to “see if we can” end homelessness??? Our priorities as humans are f****d up beyond belief. A stupid car. It has rockets and jet engines used for propulsion. WHEN THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO PUT THESE IN CONSUMER BASED VEHICLES???? – NEVER. One of the dumbest scientific projects on the planet.

  • Jason

    These are private companies. Who is anyone to say how they should spend their money? Secondly, whenever something new is done something is learned. The technologies acquired in the design and construction of this car carry over to many different fields. The car itself is “worthless” so to speak. What is learned from it can be invaluable.

  • Rocketboy_X

    You’re making the assumption that we can “end homelessness”. This is a false assumption.


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