1,000 mph car to be built next year

November 23, 2010 | Source: PhysOrg.com

Construction of the “Bloodhound SSC,” a car expected to be able to travel at 1,000 mph (around 1,600 km/h) or faster, will begin in January.

An attempt on the World Land Speed record will be made in 2012. The aim of the project is to promote science and engineering and to inspire young people.

The vehicle will be powered by a Falcon rocket and an EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon military plane. The jet produces nine tons of thrust, while the rocket produces an additional 12 tons of thrust.