The ‘1,000mph’ Bloodhound car is so fast it needs to be bulletproof

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Designing a car that can break the world land speed record is a tricky balancing act. It has to be incredibly fast and lightweight, while also offering unparalleled protection on the track. Not only in case there’s a conventional crash, either; even a tiny pebble could have devastating consequences for a vehicle travelling at up to 1, 000mph . To protect the British Bloodhound supersonic car , which Andy Green will be piloting in a record-breaking attempt later this year, the team has developed special panels that are effectively bulletproof . They’re constructed from millions of woven glass fibres that intentionally fray and soak up energy when hit by a fast-moving projectile. In the video below, engineers test their durability by firing a small shard from a cannon. Thankfully they’re up to the task, giving Green one less worry when he tries to break the current record (763mph) in South Africa. [Image Credit: Bloodhound] Filed under: Transportation Comments Via: Sky Source: Bloodhound

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The ‘1,000mph’ Bloodhound car is so fast it needs to be bulletproof

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