If you have ever been thrilled by the thought of driving at high speed, spare a thought for Andy Green who plans to drive the Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic car) well beyond the speed of sound to be the first person to reach 1,000mph in a car – breaking all land speed records along the way!
The attempt will take place on the dried out lake bed of Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape of South Africa in Spring 2014 with tests commencing in the autumn of this year.
There will be a rare opportunity to see Bloodhound SSC – at the Fleet Air Arm Museum this week where the full size show vehicle along with its EJ200 Eurofighter jet engine, rocket booster and display team will be setting up under Concorde on Wednesday 20th Feb until Sunday 24th Feb.
The rocket powered car weighs over 7 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower – more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.
The car and exhibition will be displayed in the same exhibition hall where Concorde, the first supersonic passenger aircraft and the Fairey Delta Two, the first aircraft to travel at more than 1000mph, are also on display.
Museum spokesperson Jon Jefferies Says: “It’s almost inconceivable that a car can travel at speeds which will match or exceed those reached by many aircraft. We are truly excited by this remarkable exhibition and opportunity to meet the Bloodhound SSC team”.
For more information on the Fleet Air Arm Museum visit: www.fleetairarm.com