A few years ago, British firm Bloodhound SSC designed a car capable of accelerating to record-breaking 1,287 kilometers per hour. However, the car was not officially presented, as Bloodhound SSC started having financial problems. In 2018, when the company was virtually on the verge of bankruptcy, entrepreneur Ian Warhurst stepped forward to save it.
Now that Bloodhound SSC’s financial well-being is out of danger, the race time (October this year) has been announced. The event will take place on the 18 km long track in the African Kalahari Desert. The car is supposed to accelerate to 960 km/h.
The car will be able to reach its top speed only with rocket engines scheduled to be installed in 2020, whereupon the current speed record of 1,000 km/h set by Andy Green in 1997 in a car called Thrust SSC will be broken. Interestingly, Bloodhound will be driven by the same pilot.
The length of the vehicle is 12.9 m, its height and width are 3 m and 2.5 m respectively. Bloodhound SSC weighs 6.4 tons, but engineers assure that such a great weight will not be an obstacle to it setting the record.