Wing Commander Andy Green is used to going fast.
As a British Royal Air Force pilot, he's found himself traveling all over the world at speeds some of us will never reach. He also set a new World Land Speed Record back in 1997 after traveling 763 mph in the legendary ThrustSSC, thus becoming the first person to literally break the sound barrier on land.
Well Green is at it again, only this time he wants to break the World Land Speed Record in a vehicle that is a Formula 1 car, a rocket and a jet all rolled into one. Oh, the vehicle will also easily reach 1,000 mph.
Yep, you read that correctly.
Green is working with engineers and scientists in the U.K. on the "The Bloodhound Project," which will result in the highly-anticipated, and completely insane, "Bloodhound Supersonic Car."
With engines that produce more than, wait for it, 135,000 horsepower, the SCC should have no problem reaching 1,000 mph during its record breaking attempt.
"Over the next year we're going to work it up to not just the new land speed record this year, but ultimately next year to 1,000 miles an hour. That's not only faster than any car in history, it's faster than any jet fighter has ever been at ground level," said Green, according to Reuters.
As the Bloodhound team pointed out on its website, you could put all of the Formula 1 cars on the starting grid together and you still wouldn't come close to the amount of horses made by this 15,000 pound vehicle.
Here are some other specs about the car that we found fascinating:
-an acceleration time of 1 to 1,050 mph in just 40 seconds (!)
-aluminum wheels rotating at over 10,000 rpm-167 revolutions per second
-three power plants: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine, three Nammo hybrid rockets and a 650 bhp Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump
-a racecar-inspired carbon fiber front half
The SSC will also have a bullet-proof exterior made from lightweight panels of glass to protect Green from any debris pickup.
Bloodhound expects the car to be ready for testing by August 2015, according to the BBC.
In September the team will attempt to set a new world record of 800 mph in Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa. From there they will be able to analyze the vehicle's performance before the 1,000 mph attempt next year, according to Reuters.
"From a standing start, being twelve miles away two minutes after setting off - no car in history has ever done that before," Green said. "This will be the first, and the fastest."
We have no doubts that it will be.