The new supersonic car Bloodhound could become the first vehicle to reach 1,000 mph on land. Designed by a team of UK-based engineers, the car will undergo a series of test runs, first going up to 200 mph in August 2015, then up to 800 mph later that year before finally aiming to reach 1,000 mph in the summer of 2016. At the helm of the Bloodhound will be Andy Green, a former Royal Air Force pilot, who will also be the first person in history to travel at 1,000 mph on land.
The Bloodhound’s body is made with five different carbon fiber weave types and two resin types. Between each carbon fiber layer are three kinds of aluminum honeycomb cores to make the body more durable. Although the thickest point on the cockpit has 13 layers, these combined layers measure just 24 millimeters wide in total.
The car body’s strength is crucial, given the high speed the car will eventually be traveling. The pressure of aerodynamic forces will go up as high as three tons per square meter and will be worsened by the strain that the high speeds will put on the car’s suspension and wheels. The cockpit also includes ballistic armor to protect Green from debris that the wheels may kick up.
“Carbon fiber is an extraordinary material,” Green said. “It is the same high-tech material from which we make jet fighters, F1 cars and in this particular case, the strongest safety cell in the history of motorsport.”