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BLOODHOUND SSC is exactly what it says - a Supersonic Car!

It is supersonic because it is designed to go faster than the speed of sound.

It is a car because it has four wheels and is under full control of its driver.

BLOODHOUND SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph). It has a slender body of approximately 14m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs over 7 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower - more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together!

The Car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

In these pages, the significant parts of the car are explained in detail.


LatestRelated Photos

  • Richard Noble with a model of BLOODHOUND SSC.

Project News

The Path to Predictability

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013


Dr Ben Evans looks back on what he and Ron Ayers have learnt about the aerodynamics of BLOODHOUND SSC since the start of the project ...

Engineering News

The lower rear chassis story

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013


Engineering and Product Sponsorship Lead Conor La Grue reports on the build of BLOODHOUND's rear lower chassis:

It has been an incredibly exciting period for all the team as the rear lower chassis has been completed. This was the culmination of 30 months of effort by a huge number of individuals and companies and I have to start by saying - thanks Team!  The build of BLOODHOUND SSC is utterly dependent on the huge value brought by our Product Sponsors that are helping bring this car to life.

Engineering News

Lower Chassis Adhesive Testing

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013


Bloodhound SSC Engineer Chris Hannon investigates the adhesives used in bonding the components of the lower chassis together, and presents his technical assessment

Sponsor News

Rolls-Royce backs BLOODHOUND

Monday, 13 May, 2013

Press Release

• Rolls-Royce jet engine powering BLOODHOUND SSC
• First land speed record sponsored by Rolls-Royce

• Rolls-Royce ambassadors helping to inspire future generation of engineers

Rolls-Royce PLC today announced support for The BLOODHOUND Project. A Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine will be used in conjunction with a custom designed hybrid rocket to propel the car to over 1,000 mph (1,600 kmh or Mach 1.4).
Rolls-Royce will also provide financial and technical support for the project.

Cisco Bloodhound TV, Episode 21 - Stress

Stress Analysis

Friday, 1 March, 2013

Bloodhound TV

Meet Bloodhound SSC's stress analyst Roland, and find out how he makes sure the parts of the car are both strong and light.

Project News

Hybrid Rocket Firing 3 Oct 12

Wednesday, 10 October, 2012


The 18 inch (45.7 cm) diameter hybrid rocket test held at Newquay Cornwall Airport was a fantastic success. Here is a video clip and some of the pictures from the day.

Engineering News

Airbrake motion

Thursday, 17 May, 2012


Ever since Andy published his diary in April 2012, we've had many questions about how the airbrake works.

Event News

BLOODHOUND SSC Genome part 2 announced at the IMechE

Tuesday, 12 April, 2011


On Tuesday 12th April 2011, a team of BLOODHOUND SSC Engineers headed by Chief Engineer Mark Chapman announced the publication of the BLOODHOUND SSC Genome part 2.

Press Release

The 1,000 mph Genome

Wednesday, 11 August, 2010


Today, the BLOODHOUND Project publishes the Vehicle Technical Specification (VTS) for its Jet and Rocket powered World Land Speed Record contender.