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This Cruise Missile-Inspired Supersonic Car Will Be Powered By Insane Formula One Rockets

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Imagine a rocket car that can scream across the Earth's surface at 1,000 mph.

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It will take nothing short of a rocket motor, a Formula 1 engine, and technology used on the U.K.'s old nuclear cruise missiles to get the car up to that speed, but Falcon Project, Ltd. appears ready to enter the engine testing phase for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.

Step one in turning the comic book super car drawings of Bloodhound SSC into a real, live, 1,000 mph rocket car is to test the rocket engine. To do that, the Bloodhound SSC team will bolt the 12-foot-long, 18-inch diameter rocket engine to a stand and blast away at an airfield in Newquay, in England's remote southwest corner. The engine's specs say that it can produce 12,000 pounds force of thrust.

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Illustration for article titled This Cruise Missile-Inspired Supersonic Car Will Be Powered By Insane Formula One Rockets

To power the rocket, the design team will use an F1 Cosworth V8 engine to drive a high output pump — of the type once used in Her Majesty's cruise missiles. The pump will blast a liquid oxidizer into the rocket's chamber, where it will mix with a solid fuel.

Let's go over that one more time: F1 engine squirts liquid oxidizer into solid rocket fuel, blowing flames out of a small chamber and creating 12,000 pounds force of thrust. Oy vey!

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Researchers expect the rocket engine to gulp down more than a ton of liquid oxidizer during the test burn, which, according to their calculations, should produce somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 hp. If the engine works as planned, they hope it will propel the rocket car to 850 mph — breaking the current land speed record — in 2013 and 1,000 mph by 2014 on a lonely plain in South Africa.

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No word yet on the dimensions of the car's cockpit, but we're sure it'll include extra space for the driver's pilot's huge cojones. (Hat tip to Tim!)

Photo credit: bloodhoundssc.com

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DISCUSSION

The dream is dead. Land speed records will continue to be broken, but not by guys like you and me with a torch, a detached garage and a long holiday weekend. Ours is a lonely world these days.

$4.00, a soldering gun and a trip to RadioShack used to be all you needed to feel accomplished in life. Entertain yourself for a day building a short-wave radio, entertain yourself for the rest of the winter by listening to it. Try selling that to a kid today.

We - jalops, wrenchers, dreamers - still have one hope remaining - becoming the first to build a backyard time machine.