The Guinness Book of World Records says that the land-speed record within a mile has been measured to be 1,227.985 km/h. This record was set almost two decades ago by Andy Green from the United Kingdom on 15 October 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA, in a car appropriately called as Thrust SSC. Clocking Mach 1.020, the Thrust SSC is called as the first car to break the sound speed barrier. Andy Green undoubtedly has super strength and determination to sit behind the steering wheels and then drive the car at speeds of 1.6 thousand kilometres per hour, as he is determined to reach this feat soon.
Almost 20 years after he became the fastest man in 1997, Green is all set to drive the car called Bloodhound SSC and make an attempt to overcome a record he set himself. The Bloodhound will use a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine. The car is expected to start running on Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa, in 2017. The fighter pilot in the British Air Force will make an attempt to reach a speed of 1600 km/hr in this car in Kaksken Pan desert South Africa in the year 2018. The Bloodhound SSC contains a 550 horsepower Jaguar super-charges V8 which will act as a fuel pump, but according to Green the vehicle can produce an output of 1.35 lakh bhp power. The company also claims of completing the flying mile within 3.6 seconds. The engineers say that the car is so powerful that if it is sent directly into the air it will be able to reach more than 7.5 kilometres, which normal aeroplanes fly at a general height of 11 kilometres.
The car is reportedly getting manufactured in south-west England. Green, however, told BloombergQuint that Indian companies have played an important part in the development of the car, as it helping in making the read end suspension and the steering wheel. Green was quoted as saying, “There’s core Indian DNA all the way through Project Bloodhound. So, when we see the car run next year, people in India should be just excited as we are.”