Currently being assembled in its technical centre in Bristol, Bloodhound SSC is a high-tech project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000 MPH barrier and set a new world land speed record.

The project is huge, involving over 280 global companies, 200 of them SMEs (Small to Medium-sized Enterprises), as well as technicians from the Royal Air Force’s 71 Squadron and the Army’s Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, all pulling together to break the current world land speed record of 763 MPH set by Thrust SSC.

Bloodhound has three power plants, a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. Between them they generate 135,000 thrust hp, equivalent to 180 F1 cars, and now you can see it all being put together in this 90 second video:


More than 5,700 UK primary and secondary schools have signed up to use Bloodhound’s free education resources in classrooms and there are over 800 schools involved in its educational outreach program in South Africa where the record will be attempted.

You can get daily updates from Bloodhound on Twitter @BLOODHOUND_SCC or read more about it on the Bloodhound SSC website. For more news on the amazing tech goings on in the South West be sure to follow @techSPARKuk.

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To see more impressive engineering and tech projects which originate in the West of England, why not check out Venturefest Bristol & Bath on 9 June.