The team behind the British Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) vehicle are betting on a power source of an entirely different kind to break the coveted record. According to a report by Motoring Research, the team will ditch its V8 engines for a zero-emissions hydrogen rocket and electric motors for the record attempt, which could see the Bloodhound LSR reach speeds of more than 800 mph.
- The Bloodhound LSR would need to crack the current land speed record of 763 mph to become the fastest land vehicle.
- Fusing both hydrogen and EV technology, the Bloodhound LSR has quickly come to signify the potential high-performance capabilities of new vehicle technology.
- The Bloodhound LSR team has been conducting a number of test runs, in preparation for its land speed record attempt.
A zero emissions vehicle could soon be crowned as the fastest land vehicle in the world.
The Bloodhound LSR team has been fine-tuning the vehicle, preparing for the world record attempt. (Photo: Bloodhound)
That is, if the team at the British engineering company, Bloodhound, delivers on its goal.
The UK-based team has been busy finetuning its plan to break the coveted speed record using a zero-emissions rocket and biofuel in its Eurofighter jet engine, along with electric motors instead of the traditional V8 engines.
The rocket itself will use concentrated hydrogen peroxide for thrust, only emitting water and oxygen during its race for the title, which is being planned for 2021. Early predictions are that the zero-emissions, hydrogen-rocket powered LSR vehicle could reach speeds of 800 mph, or even faster.
The current land speed record is 763.035mph, as highlighted in a BBC report, centered on the Bloodhound LSR vehicle.
According to a Bloodhound LSR press release, the vehicle recently reached speeds of 628 mph in a series of test runs, making it, unofficially, the sixth fastest vehicle in the world.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The idea of Bloodhound LSR even attempting to break the land speed record with a zero-emissions vehicle speaks volumes about how far the technology has evolved. The ability of the team to successfully pull it off would likely spark a slew of new zero-emissions technology.