Sunday, October 7, 2012

Supersonic Rocket Car Aims For 1,600 Kph

Supersonic Rocket Car Aims For 1,600 Kph, At that speed, you could easily pass a Ferrari Enzo, a Boeing 787, or even a bullet fired from a .357 Magnum. What a 1,000 mph car could do for your commute, A supersonic car project aimed at reaching 1,000 mph combines the power of a military jet engine with a hybrid rocket. The ambitious effort won't take off until 2013, but the speed demon concept alone may inspire futuristic flights of fancy among even the most jaded commuters.

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car Project wants to outrace the ghosts of past cars and even airplanes by becoming the second land vehicle to break the sound barrier - its goal would shatter both the land speed record of 763 mph (1,228 kph) and the low-altitude air speed record of 994 mph (1,600 kph). A successful rocket motor test on Oct. 3 marked a necessary step toward a test run scheduled for the desertlike Hakskeen Pan region of South Africa in 2013.

A maximum speed of just above 1,000 mph (1,609 kph) would allow the car to pass speedy vehicles such as a Ferrari Enzo (218 mph, or 351 kph), Japan's magnetic levitation train (361 mph, or 581 kph), and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet flying overhead (593 mph, or 954 kph). Passengers in the land vehicles would hear only the resounding double thunderclap of the car's sonic booms as they were left in the dust.


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