This Is How You Make 1,000 MPH Wheels

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Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.

Though it's been a while since we've heard of an update out of the European team building the 1,000 mile per hour Bloodhound SSC, a video emerged this week of how exactly you go about building a wheel that will finally break the four-figure mark.


In case you're not familiar with the car, it basically consists of a jet engine strapped to a rocket strapped to a car, with a little space for a person and some wheels inside. It will probably be another few years before it heads out to the desert to break the record set by its predecessor, the Thrust SSC, but in the meantime the team is getting those wheels ready. Forged out of solid blocks of aluminum, the wheels are basically cast as a cylinder, and then smushed into a wheel-shape with a giant hammer.


The process ensures a lot more structural integrity than a regularly cast wheel, which is important if you're going to beat the speed of sound by 300 miles per hour.

Good luck, then, to Andy Green, who will be strapping the whole thing on.