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This 1,000 m.p.h. Jet-Powered Car Is Hoping to Break the Land Speed Record

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A new rocket-powered car that aims to capture the land speed record by traveling at 1,000 m.p.h. made its debut appearance in London on Thursday.

With looks like a something between a space ship and a Batmobile, the 135,000-horsepower Bloodhound Supersonic Car has taken eight years of research and development and is slated for its first test drive next October on a specially designed track in the Northern Cape of South Africa.

Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green, who blazed through the Nevada desert to capture the current land speed record of 763 m.p.h. in 1997, will climb aboard the Bloodhound to attempt to do one better.

The Bloodhound packs the same power as a 180 Formula One race car with multiple engines, including a Rolls-Royce EJ200, which is more commonly found inside fighter jets.

Climbing inside the cockpit of the $23 million-car is also more akin to slipping into a rocket ship, says the team. In addition to the 500 sensors, three braking systems and seven fire extinguishers, there is an oxygen mask included.

“It’s like an airplane but on four wheels,” project technician Mark Blackwell told AFP.

Backers of the project hope the car will inspire the next generation to seek out careers in engineering and science.


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Ferrari Formula One driver Raikkonen of Finland and team mate Massa of Brazil during the celebration of Ferrari's 60th anniversary
1947: After two decades of manufacturing only race cars, Ferrari debuted its first road car, the 125 S.Giampiero Sposito—Reuters
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1953: The 375 Mille Miglia Spyder - Chassis was first introduced at the Paris Auto Salon.Rainer W. Schlegelmilch—Getty Images
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1957: The 250 GT California was an open top model with versions made for both racing and road driving. Klemantaski Collection—Getty Images
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1962-64: The 250 GTO was the only front-engine model on display at the 1962 pre-season Ferrari press conference.Mario Suriani—AP
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1968: The 365 GTB "Daytona" was first introduced at the Paris Auto Salon.Klemantaski Collection/Getty Images
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1986 Red Ferrari 288 GTO in speed on road, side view
1988: The 288 GTO was named for the car's 2.8 liter V8 engine. Ron Perry—Transtock/Corbis
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1998: The F355 was designed to perform at a high level in various kinds of driving environments. Car Culture/Corbis
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