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Bloodhound Project: Land Speed Record Competitors Vie For Fastest Car

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2012

By Jim Nash

An English racing team called the Bloodhound Project is a step closer to breaking the land-speed record—not just by 150 or even 300 kilometers (100 or 200 miles) per hour. The English team—the favorite to succeed in a field of at least five competitors—successfully tested a rocket in early October that is expected to help push its car to 1,600 kph (1,000 mph), nearly 500 kph (300 mph) faster than the previous mark.

The rocket is a hybrid. It burns when a liquid oxidizer—in this case highly concentrated peroxide—contacts a solid fuel, here a synthetic rubber called hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene, in a chamber. During the October test—its first—the engine performed as expected, igniting for 10 seconds and creating 6,350 kilograms (14,000 pounds) of thrust, equivalent to about 35,000 horsepower. Read the rest of this entry »

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