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Probably the ultimate fun way to die: setting the land speed record.

Courtesy of the Oxford Classic Motor Club, I went to an interesting talk tonight by Richard Noble, the man behind Thrust SSC, the jet-powered car which still holds the land speed record, set in 1997.

They now want to go one better, with Bloodhound SSC. This new car aims to break 1000mph, which will simultaneously break the land speed record and the low-level aircraft speed record.

It will outrun the bullet from a .357 Magnum.

It has two motors: a 12ft rocket motor, and a jet engine from the Eurofighter.

Make that three motors. The fuel pump for its rocket motor is an 800BHP V12 racing car engine.

It will develop in the region of 135 thousand BHP.

Mental. I really hope they succeed, in 2011. Plus, they are making a real effort to use the project to get children and students interested in maths, science and engineering.

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