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Now for something completely… supersonic

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October 23, 2008
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Here at the Flux office we’re used to hearing about the different weird and wonderful vehicles around these days, such as the incredible solar powered car Dave Wilson blogged about in July.

However, it’s certainly not every day you hear about a car boasting theoretical top speeds of more than 17 times the UK national speed limit! For those of you without a calculator handy or who just can’t work out 60 multiplied by 17 in your head, that is just over 1,000mph – a little too fast for our roads. No?

So it’s hardly surprising to discover this isn’t a car for… well, normal car drivers. Called the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car), it’s powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon engine (those aircraft are seriously fast!), and it’s this rocket/jet engine combination RAF pilot Andy Green hopes will allow him and his team to break their own land speed record, set in 1997.

The team hope to smash their previous record of 763mph in 2011; in the mean time I’m willing to bet there’ll be a lot of talk and speculation about the project. Good luck guys!

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