UK Team Revs Plans for 1000mph Car

Aims to smash land speed record
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 4:41 AM CDT
The Thrust Supersonic Car, which hit 763 mph. A new car being developed aims to touch 1000mph.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A team of British engineers is planning to build a car that could reach up to 1000mph and pulverize the team’s own land speed record of 763mph, reports the Independent. The toughest part of building Bloodhound, as the car is called, will be raising the needed $20 million—and figuring out how to stop the thing from going airborne.

If successful, the 42-foot-long supersonic car will travel faster than a speeding bullet during its 85-second, 10-mile drive. It could also outrun low-flying aircraft. Intended driver Andy Green, a former RAF pilot who set the last record, likened the sensation of traveling so fast to “the slow-speed feeling you get just before a car crash— only it lasts for about two minutes."