Breaking 1,000 MPH On Land
People have been trying to set new land speed records since the invention of the automobile. The first significant marker came in 1899 in France, when a Belgian by the name of Camille Jenatzy broke the 100 km/h(62 mph) barrier in a torpedo-shaped electric car. Nearly 100 years later, in 1997 in the Black Desert in Nevada, Andy Green, a British Royal Air Force Pilot, set the current record of 763.035 mph in a supersonic car designed by SSC Programme Limited. Since 2008, Green and team have been working in Bristol, England,on the next generation supersonic car, dubbed Bloodhound, which can theoretically achieve a speed of 1,050 mph.
The vehicle combines racecar and aircraft technology with a 135,000-horsepower engine — more than six times the power of all the Formula 1 racecars on a starting line put together. Project Director Richard Noble says the endeavor aims to create a national surge in the popularity of science technology, engineering, and mathematics. And like many game changing inventions, will take several iterations to get right. The team’s first major proving point is planned for September 2015, in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Green and company will base out of Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, for up to three months to work to hit their first metric of 800 mph.Back to top