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Rolls-Royce backs BLOODHOUND SSC | Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/©Stefan Marjoram
Rolls-Royce backs BLOODHOUND SSC | Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/©Stefan Marjoram
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South Africa Will Attempt to Break the World Land Speed Record

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Updated: 18 November 2017
In 2018 South Africa will host an attempt to set a new World Land Speed Record, regulated by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Here’s all you need to know about the impressive racing car powering the event.

The BLOODHOUND SSC is an engineering masterpiece

The BLOODHOUND SSC will be the vehicle behind the attempt and is the most advanced straight-line racing car ever known. It was driven for the first time in October 2017 at Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK, 20 years after the current record of 763.035 mph was set.

The BLOODHOUND SSC
The BLOODHOUND SSC | Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens

The BLOODHOUND SSC uses three power plants; a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, three Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550 bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine. These three plants will generate 135,000 thrust horsepower – that’s the equivalent of 180 Formula1 cars!

Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens
Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens | Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens

History repeats itself

Wing Commander Andy Green’s current land speed record of 1,227.9km/h (762.9mi/h) was set in Nevada, US on October 15 1997, in the Thrust SSC. If all goes as planned, history will repeat itself as he drives the BLOODHOUND SSC in the Northern Cape, South Africa, in 2018.

The site of the attempt will be Hakskeen Pan, a mud and salt pan in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert. The setting was selected as it provides the optimum conditions, including space and a consistently hard surface, required to attempt the unthinkable.

Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens
Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens | Courtesy of Bloodhound SSC/Flock and Siemens