Back in '97, Andy Green piloted Thrust SSC to 763mph, making it the fi rst car to offi cially break the sound barrier, but in the realm of speed there’s always room for improvement. Now the same British team that built Thrust and which has in fact held the world land speed record for the last 25 years, has built a new car that will leave their old record spluttering on exhaust fumes. Bloodhound SSC is a masterpiece of automotive engineering that’s on the scent of an incredible new record: 1,000 miles per hour.
To reach its top speed of 1,000mph, Bloodhound SSC is fitted with not just a rocket engine, but also a jet engine – the same one used in the Eurofighter Typhoon which, incidentally, it would hammer in a fl at race. Together, the engines give 47,000lbs of thrust – head-spinning power that will propel the car to its top speed in just 42 seconds.
Buckle up: this is how you drive the fastest car in history…
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