1000mph Bloodhound SSC Car Parachute Tested
Peter Donnell / 8 years ago
Getting a 1000mph car to go 1000mph isn’t particularly hard, you just need an absolutely MASSIVE engine. However, keeping it from exploding, taking off, crashing and more is the really hard part. The latest tests for the hopefully land-speed recording breaking vehicle tested one of the most important components, the parachute, because you can bet that the cars pilot will be happy to hit 1000mph, but also even happier to find out the breaking systems work properly.
A successful test of the parachute is a welcome tick on the to-do list for the team and so far the jet and rocket-powered car is right on track to obliterate the current 763.035mph record, which was set back in 1997.
The parachute wasn’t tested at 1000mph, but instead at 180mph. Andy Green, the current land speed record holder will drive the Bloodhound to 1000mph, but this week he was in a Jaguar F-type R Coupe which was fitted with the parachute system.
Next year, Andy will take the Bloodhound, which is fitted with a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, as well as a range of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 500bhp supercharged Jaguar V8, to Mier in South Africa and we wish him and his team the best of luck.
Thank you Telegraph for providing us with this information.