As the Bloodhound chief engineer puts it, the problem with a jet engine is the big frontal area needed for the jet intake. It’s more efficient to have a rocket motor. And the world’s fastest car cannot use just any rocket motor, it will be using a space rocket motor provided by Nammo.
“The rocket motor we are using is a space rocket”, says Chapman.
The Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record) conducted its first high-speed test runs at Hakskeenpan, South Africa in November 2019. At this stage, the car was using a jet motor, but the team hopes to be able to return to South Africa later – this time with the Nammo rocket installed – and beat the world land speed record!
Watch as Mark Chapman explains how it will all come together.