133,151bhp. 47,000 lb /ft of thrust. 0 – 1000mph in 55 seconds. And all of this in 2017

Have we got your attention yet?

When the Bugatti Veyron 16:4 set a world record top speed for a production car of 251.83 mph, it was hailed as one of the cars of the century. But we didn’t have to wait long for Bugatti to make the Veyron even faster – they released the Super Sport not long after, which set a new world record of 267.856 mph. The astonishing numbers behind that feat were 1,200bhp, 1,100 lb /ft of torque and over $10 million in development costs.

And all of that for a measly 267.856 mph.

So what would it take to get something to 1,000mph? 4,800bhp? Nope – double it.
Now triple that.
Now quadruple that.
You’re still nowhere near.

What you would need is 133,151bhp and 47,000 lb /ft.

And that’s exactly the amount of power and thrust the Bloodhound SSC has… courtesy of three power sources – a Eurofighter Jet engine, a heavily tuned Jaguar supercharged V8 engine and a custom rocket system. A bit more than a quad-turbo W16, no?
It sounds out-of-this-world, and yet all of this is very real.

Pictured above: The Bloodhound SSC’s powertrain being worked on.

In 2017, Bloodhound Programme Ltd will attempt a new land speed world record with the Bloodhound SSC, a pencil-shaped vehicle with a Eurofighter Typhoon EJ200 jet engine, heavily tuned Jaguar supercharged V8 engine and a custom rocket engine (yep, there’s 3 power sources) powering it and they want to crack 1,000mph (Mach 1.4) – 33% more than the current land speed record set by the Thrust SSC in 1997 (760.343mph).

Astonishingly, the engineers and scientists behind this project say that 0 – 1000mph in the Bloodhound SSC will take a mere 55 seconds. And even more incredibly, they say that the whole run will take less than 2 minutes. 2 minutes for over 8 years of development.

Putting the Bloodhound SSC’s power into context

To put the Bloodhound SSC’s power output into context, it has the same power as 111 Bugatti Veyron Super Sports and more power than 135 McLaren P1 GTRs. It has the same power as 587 Volkswagen Golf GTIs with the Performance pack and more power than 177 Formula 1 cars fitted with the current V6 turbo engines. But it needs it. The Bloodhound SSC measures in at a rather large 40 feet (12.8 meters) and weighs in at 6.5 tons – dwarfing even the biggest Rolls Royce money can buy. But even with all that bulk, it will still do 0 – 62 mph in 1 second flat. And so, the Bloodhound SSC will rip your face off (quite literally).Of course, the Bloodhound SSC isn’t all about raw power…

Aerodynamics are critical in the Bloodhound SSC’s ability to reach 1000mph

Aerodynamics play a critical role in the Bloodhound SSC’s ability to reach its top speed, and also its ability to stay on the ground. One massive advantage the Bloodhound SSC has over the Thrust SSC in this respect is the level of computing power that can be used to test and understand the aerodynamic capabilities of the Bloodhound’s shape.

As a result, the Bloodhound SSC is very different in design to the 1997 Thrust SSC.

That’s because this time around, the vertical, lateral and drag forces on the vehicle and its pitch and yaw stability are more important than ever before. Just one wrong piece of data could lead to a part that causes the Bloodhound SSC to take flight. And that would mean the death of its pilot, and the death of the project completely. Also critical is location. Bloodhound Programme Ltd has narrowed down the final site for its world record run to 14 places and they will be making visits to each site, well ahead of 2017, before making a decision on which will host the Bloodhound SSC’s world record attempt.

The pilot of the Bloodhound SSC has to be astronaut fit to survive

The man who will be making this incredible run is none other than current land speed record holder Andy Green, the pilot of the SSC Thrust in 1997. This is no doubt a wise choice, given that Green will know – to a point – what it feels like to travel at such high speeds. The project also has the benefit of another high-speed brain in Richard Noble, who set his own land speed record in 1983 with the Thrust2. In a recent interview, Noble went on to talk about what it’s like to drive a machine that’s essentially a rocket with wheels:

“Everything slows down and your mental processes increase. I could drive two 600mph runs in a day and that would be it. I couldn’t do anymore because of the mental effort. All of your energy goes to the brain.”

All of which is to say that you’ve got to be incredibly fit to drive a machine as powerful and as fast as the Bloodhound SSC. One can only imagine the G forces on the body at 1000mph.

Of course, there other people behind the project, including a British Army Team of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers as well as 45 other people – and each and every one of them is playing a leading role in ensuring that the Bloodhound SSC is ready for its 1000mph world record attempt in 2017.

Your turn

So just how incredible is the Bloodhound SSC? We’d say that there is no other automotive project like this in the world right now, and we simply can’t wait to see it in action in 2017. If you would like to keep up with the development of this astonishing machine, bookmark the official Bloodhound SSC page and follow the official Bloodhound Twitter handle. And of course, don’t forget to comment on our article below to display your own awe for the absurdity of a vehicle with 133,151bhp, 47,000 lb /ft of thrust and a 0 – 1000mph time of 55 seconds. We also have a Facebook page if you’re interested.