Bloodhound SSC: the world's fastest model kit

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Bloodhound SSC
Bloodhound SSC

Bloodhound SSC – the British land speed record car that is aiming to exceed 1,000mph – has just entered the construction phase, and its makers have released a new teaser video, highlighting some of the unique components that go into making what is essentially a jet fighter without wings.

In total, there are over 3,500 individual components that make up Bloodhound. Most are custom-built specifically for the project and include a titanium chassis, carbon-fibre monocoque and bespoke dials created by Rolex.

Powering this marvel of engineering is a Rolls-Royce jet engine, normally found in the Eurofighter Typhoon. There is even a 550bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine, which is used solely to pump fuel into the enormous rocket motor.

Laid out on the factory floor, complete with its driver – wing commander Andy Green – in the hot seat, Bloodhound looks like the model kit of every petrolhead's dreams.

The result of 110 man-years of work, the car will make its bid to enter the history books in the Kalahari desert in South Africa in 2016.