The Bloodhound supersonic car

7 February, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

The Bloodhound SSC aims to break the land speed record

Ever wonder what it must be like to sit in a car that resembles a jet, has a top speed of over 1600 Km/h and needs a parachute just to make it stop? Actually one lays feet-first in this aerodynamic magnum that has the ability to rocket itself from 0-1000 Km/h in 55 second.  Talk about a rush of blood to the head.

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) is a rocket-powered speedster that will attempt to break the land-speed world record in 2014 on our very own Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape. Currently around 6 000 tons of stones are being cleared to prepare the 20km long desert track.

British engineer and project pioneer, Richard Noble says that this car aims to set a new standard for aerodynamic design and speed testing. “We are pushing the limits of engineering and technology with Bloodhound, but it is the kind of project that will inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.” Noble won two land-speed records 1983 and 1997.

You can experience what it must be like to drive this high-speed car as the Bloodhound SSC simulator will be on display this weekend at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. If you’re in the area go have your photo taken with the Nacho Libre of speed machines and have something to brag about to your friends. Don’t forget to look out for our piece on the Bloodhound SSC inside the March edition of TopGear – coming soon.




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