Ever imagined a car that can travel faster than a bullet? Well, your fantasy will soon be a reality. British scientists have claimed that they are inching closer to develop by 2012 a car that can travel at 1,000 miles (or over 1,600km) per hour.
The project to develop the world’s fastest car powered by a jet engine and a rocket is well on target, Richard Noble, director of the project, said.
Construction on the rear of the ‘Bloodhound vehicle’ will start in January, with an attempt on the World Land Speed record expected in 2012, he said. “We’ve got companies all over the world wanting to sponsor the car,” Noble told BBC News.
“We’ve actually got more people who want to financially back this thing than we’ve got space for them.” Noble has also made an appeal for people to help prepare the vehicle’s race track — a dried-up lake bed in Northern Cape Province, South Africa, known as Hakskeen Pan Before the Bloodhound car can hurtle across this flat expanse of land, it must be cleared of all loose stones, he said.
With the assistance of the Northern Cape government, work has just started to prepare the track. A team of 300 local people has begun sweeping the 20km-long and 1.5km width area, picking up any stones in their path.
Noble, an engineer, adventurer and a former wallpaper salesman, had reached 633 mph (or 1,019 kmph) when he drove a turbojet-powered car named Thrust 2 across the Nevada desert in 1983. To claim the World Land Speed record, Bloodhound will have to better the mark set by Andy Green in 1997.