What is the fastest car to ever grace our lands? If you said the Koenigsegg Agera RS, you'd only be half correct. See, the Koenigsegg is the fastest production car, and its 447 km/h top speed doesn't even come close to the fastest car in the world. That would be the ThrustSSC, breaking the sound barrier at over 1,200 km/h.
That record was set in 1997, and 22 years have passed with no serious challengers to it. But now, that might soon change with the Bloodhound LSR. For it to find its place on the record books, the Bloodhound LSR has to beat the old record of 1,227.986 km/h, which is as difficult as it sounds. The chase for the new land speed record has been in development since 2008, and it will soon make its first test in South Africa in a few months time
The Bloodhound team is setting an even higher target for themselves. They don't want just to surpass 1,300 km/h, they want to obliterate it at 1,600 km/h. In case you're curious, it's mostly the same team that held the old record comprising of Richard Noble and RAF pilot Andy Green. Green was the one behind the wheel of the ThrustSSC 22 years ago.
To call this latest land speed record attempt a huge endeavor is a massive understatement. There are loads of external forces being put on the car, namely wind resistance and friction. With the target of 1,600 km/h, the team is venturing into the unknown. There's also the financial aspect of the project and it was almost canned earlier this year due to expenses. It was only after entrepreneur Ian Warhurst stepped in to revive the program. The Bloodhound LSR was almost cut into pieces and sent to the scrap heap.
With all the challenges the team has faced over the past 11 years, we're hoping that the Bloodhound LSR crew can not only beat 1,300 km/h, but go for the full 1,600 km/h.