The fastest I’ve ever been on any type of land craft is 189 mph. I did that years ago when I was a lot younger and dumber on a friends modified Suzuki Hayabusa. I just remember clamping down on the bars, tucking behind the windscreen and keeping the bike at wide open throttle until I hit terminal velocity. I was also clad in full race leathers and safety gear, but still, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Regardless, going just a tick under 190 mph is really moving, but what if you had the chance to go over five times that speed – would you do it? The guys of the Thrust SuperSonic Car Team would, and they are in fact building a craft that will hopefully do just that.
Called the Bloodhound, this vehicle is hoping to not only smash the current world record of 763 mph (which the Thrust Team currently holds), but blitz the 1,000 mph barrier for the first time in history by a land craft. The Bloodhound utilizes a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine in conjunction with a hybrid rocket booster, as well as some pretty trick engineering by some of the best minds in the industry. The team hopes to begin construction for testing soon, with test runs to commence at a dry lake bed in South Africa’s Northern Cape in early 2012. This machine needs to stand up to rockets that produced the equivalent of 135,000 hp, and the wheels will need to withstand forces that are 50,000 times the force of gravity. The entire project is completely insane, yet wonderfully amazing at the same time.