The numbers behind the Bloodhound SSC car are astonishing. First and foremost, there’s its power output. Together, its Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine, hybrid rocket and Jaguar supercharged V8 motors are rated at 133,151bhp.
Not only that, getting Bloodhound from 0-1000mph will take just 55 seconds and if it were to be released pointing straight up, it would reach 25,000 feet before crashing back down to earth. Incredibly, the whole run will be over in two minutes flat.
And then, of course, there’s the speed. In 2017, the team is aiming to hit 1000mph – almost five times faster than most of today's hypercar crop. They'll 'ease into it' with the first 800mph run in August of next year.
I can’t imagine ever going that fast while sitting just a few inches from the ground but, fortunately, the man piloting Bloodhound doesn't have to because the man Andy Green has to beat when setting a new Land Speed Record is - er - himself.
Green set the current Land Speed Record of 763mph in 1997 at the wheel of Thrust SSC, so he knows what the run is going to feel like. The Bloodhound team doesn’t just have one LSR holder in its ranks, however: it has two. Richard Noble – the man whose record of 633mph Green beat in 1997 – is the team’s project director.