Few things on the road are faster than a Formula One race car, so it’s probably no surprise that the team developing the Bloodhound turned to Cosworth for help when they laid out plans to set a land speed record of 1000 miles per hour.
But the modified F1 engine the British racing supplier plans to provide is only one piece of the puzzle the Bloodhound team has to solve before setting out to go where no four-wheeled vehicle has ever gone before. The Cosworth engine won’t even be connected to those specially-designed metal wheels.
Unlike previous record speed setters, the Bloodhound will use two primary sources of propulsion: a 12-foot-long rocket and a jet engine borrowed from the European fighter, the Typhoon. The Cosworth F1 engine will be needed, it turns out, to pump nearly a metric ton of fuel into the Falcon rocket engine.
With Bloodhound set to make its attempt on the land speed record in late 2012 or early 2013, testing of its propulsion package is about to begin. Yet there are still a variety of unknowns that the development team, led by long-time speed king Richard Noble, have yet to address – such as what it’s like to pair up both a rocket and a jet engine on a single, wheeled vehicle.