The world’s most powerful racing car – with a speed of 1,000mph – is set to be unveiled. The supersonic racer, named Bloodhound, will go on display in front of 8,000 people in Canary Wharf.
It is hoped that the £10 million UK-built car will shatter the world land speed record, which currently stands at 763mph, when it is tested at full speed.
The Bloodhound will undergo 200mph trials next year at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall before embarking on a series of high-speed runs in a desert venue in South Africa. At full speed the car will cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.
It has three power plants – a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, equivalent to 180 F1 cars. The pencil-shaped car will be 44ft (13.4m) long, 6ft (183cm) in diameter and weigh 7.5 tonnes.
Members of the public will see the Bloodhound in its land speed record attempt configuration with its two metre high tail fin – required for stability at high speed – in place for the first time. Engineers have partially removed the carbon fibre panels from one side of the vehicle in order to show off the technology inside.
Visitors will also get the chance to look inside the finished cockpit – a huge and complex monocoque crafted from multiple layers of carbon fibre – and see the sophisticated digital dashboard.
Mr Noble said: “Public interest in the project is incredible and thanks to the generous support of our partners we are delighted to able to bring Bloodhound to London and put it on show…With the car now built and the track in South Africa prepared our focus is on racing in 2016…That part of the adventure starts with runway tests at Newquay Aerohub next Easter.”
Source: The Mirror