Construction of the world's fastest car, designed to set a land speed record of 1,000 mph, has begun in Britain. The hybrid jet/rocket-propelled vehicle, called the Bloodhound SSC, is supported by Motion and control technologies giant Parker Hannifin.
The super car Bloodhound SSC attempts to set the record on a dry lake bed in South Africa's Northern Cape late next year, the BBC reported.
It's a fantastic feeling to be handing over the drawings to the people who will now build the car, chief engineer Mark Chapman told the BBC. It's a 'progressive definition release' which means as soon as we finish a design, it goes out the door. The first metal parts should start coming back to our design house in Bristol by Easter.
Bloodhound is being built around cutting edge technology, including a Eurojet EJ200 jet engine, to accelerate the vehicle to 300mph, and a Falcon rocket, which boosts speeds to 1,000mph or more.
If it reaches 1,000 mph, Bloodhound will surpass the world land speed record of 763 mph set by the Thrust SuperSonic Car in 1997.
Bloodhound will be driven by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green, who also drove the Thrust car.