Race car meets spaceship: British prototype set to smash records

A VEHICLE that is tipped to become the fastest car in the world with a jaw-dropping top speed of over 1,600 kilometres per hour has been tested for the first time.

According to the vehicle’s British developers, the Bloodhound SSC is a mix between fighter jet, Formula One race car and space shuttle. In 2019, on a road in South Africa, they are hoping to break the current land speed record of 1,228 km/h.

In the test at an airport near Newquay, in south-west England, the Bloodhound accelerated from 0 to 320 km/h in just eight seconds.

Among other things, the test drive was intended to check the steering and brakes.

More than 3,000 spectators watched the test drive. The driver was the holder of the current land speed world record. – Text and Photo by dpa

The Bloodhound SSC, made in Britain, has been tested for the first time and reached 320 kilometres per hour in eight seconds