The Bloodhound SSC was recently displayed in the flesh in London after years of design, research and development into the prospective land speed record car. While the finishing touches still need to be put on the Bloodhound, it does look essentially identical to the renderings and sketches of the car.
Once development of the car is completed, the Bloodhound team at the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa hopes to beat the current world land speed record at 1227 km/h set by Andy Green back in 1997. The following year, it is hoped that Bloodhound SSC will be able to exceed 1609 km/h (1000 mph). Behind the wheel will be wing commander Andy Greene, who set the existing land speed record of 763 mph back in 1997.
Powering Bloodhound is a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine from the Eurofighter jet fighter as well as hybrid rockets from Nammo. Those rockets are powered by hydrogen peroxide oxidizer which is fed by the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe delivering 550 hp!