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The primary power plant for Bloodhound is a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, the EJ-200 by Rolls-Royce. This engine alone can bring the car up to over 600 mph, or half speed if you will, without assist. Twenty thousand pounds of thrust can do that.
The secondary power source is an advanced Nammo rocket motor designed specifically for Bloodhound. This hybrid rocket utilizes a bi-propellant system with a solid fuel central to the motor, but hollow in the middle where HTP (High Test Peroxide) fuel will be force fed into it during the burn phase. A 5 Liter Jaguar supercharged V-8 car engine acts as the fuel pump to inject HTP at a rate of 200 pounds/second into the rocket motor for about 20 seconds.
When fired, the Nammo rocket will be engaged approximately 35 seconds into the run and it has about 20 seconds to get the job done in bringing the car up to full speed. A typical run profile will look something like this; the car has to accelerate to full speed in not greater than 55 seconds and then reduce speed in not more than 65 seconds in order to come to a safe stop within the 12-mile race course, which is indecently two miles wide. Two minutes of absolute fury with flawless execution is required to achieve the desired results: a peak speed of 1000 MPH. There is no room for error of any kind.
The pilot of Bloodhound -- and he is a real RAF Fighter pilot -- is 52-year-old Andy Green, who happens to be the current fastest man in the world on four wheels. Andy was Richard Noble's driver of the Thrust SSC car which broke the sound barrier and established the current world Land Speed Record of 763 MPH on 15 October, 1997. They actually pushed the car as fast as 771 mph, to Mach 1.03 in fact.