A successful test of the “biggest rocket fired in the UK for over 20 years” cleared the way for an attack on the 1,000 mph mark in a car. According to Reuters, the rocket will be twinned with a fighter jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon. With that new “hybrid,” the team behind the Bloodhound supersonic car wants to smash the existing world land speed record of 763 mph and go all the way to 1,000 mph.
The test-firing took place in a bomb-proof military hangar at an airport in the southwest English town of Newquay. Apart from the rocket and the turbine, the car also uses a Cosworth Formula One engine, purely to pump peroxide-based rocket fuel into the combustion chamber.
Bloodhound plans to attack 1,000 mph on a dry lake bed called Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Northern Cape region in 2014.