Media reported that although the Bloodhound supersonic car recently reached its fastest speed to date, it still needs some extra power to achieve its next target, the speed of the super 800km/h. To that end, its manufacturerhas have announced that the car is now equipped with a zero-emissions rocket.
Currently, the BloodHound LSR (Land Speep Record, Land Speed Record) is powered by rolls-royce EJ200 jet engines.
Last November, the engine raised the maximum speed of the bloodhound to 628 mph (1010km/h) at the Hakskinpan Salt Pool in the Kerahari Desert. Although already very fast, the figure is still not reached 763.035 mph (1229.9km/h) – the current land speed record, and the car was born to break that record. In fact, a top speed of 1000mph (1609km/h) will eventually be possible.
This is where the “green” rocket comes in. In 2014, Nammo, a Norwegian aerospace company, first announced it as a possible means of moving the car forward. Initially, it was designed for the European Space Agency project for the small CubeSat satellite. As a result, it is very compact, so it can be easily integrated into the bloodhound with the existing aircraft engine.
Unlike conventional rocket fuel, Nammo’s “single propellant” rocket uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide — water containing an extra oxygen molecule. The liquid pump passes through the silver yarn that acts as a catalyst at high pressure. Oxygen and steam are transported through a nozzle and then thrust is generated without producing toxic gases. In other words, a V8 internal combustion engine is currently used to transport hydrogen peroxide through the rocket. However, the engine is planned to be replaced by a battery-powered electric motor, and the Bloodhound research and development team is also considering converting the Rollo jet engine to biofuels — which it currently uses for jet fuel.
The car is now back at its base in the UK, the Uk Land Speed Record Centre. There, crews are installing Nammo rocket engines on the vehicle.
“I (…) I’m glad we’re now bringing a lot of new, greener technologies into the design of our projects,” said Ian Warhurst, CEO of the BloodHound LSR team. “