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(BBC)   A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 53
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2014-01-28 09:44:42 AM  
Easy. Gyroscopes, multiple instantly adjustable 'wings'.  Build a really fast skinny plane and run it within a whisker of it coming off the ground so the wheels are almost academic with no real force on them. Long suspension travel will help with the illusion of it being a 'car' as it almost lifts off.
 
2014-01-28 09:52:49 AM  
On the hoist?
 
2014-01-28 09:58:07 AM  

colinspooky: Easy.


Which is why it would be a record.  Because it's easy.
 
2014-01-28 10:58:40 AM  
1000 mph isn't a car, it's a Mach 1 jet with crappy lift dynamics
 
2014-01-28 11:05:28 AM  
Unfortunately, the heater will be inadequate, and the electrics will randomly fail for no good reason.
 
2014-01-28 11:07:58 AM  
Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.
 
2014-01-28 11:08:43 AM  

Relatively Obscure: colinspooky: Easy.

Which is why it would be a record.  Because it's easy.



I wonder if there's some kind of rule that speed record people use to distinguish cars from planes?  I have no idea what the fastest taxiing plane is (I'm sure it's nowhere near 1000 mph) but there must be something that takes it out of the running.
 
2014-01-28 11:08:55 AM  
I see the "I could do this, no problem, but I'm busy on the intertubes" people were quick to jump on this.
 
2014-01-28 11:09:23 AM  

Relatively Obscure: colinspooky: Easy.

Which is why it would be a record.  Because it's easy.


But it's easy...because he said it was easy. I'm going out to build one right now, aren't you? It's easy.
 
2014-01-28 11:09:39 AM  
It doesn't seem all that unlikely seeing it is the same team as did 763mph already.

/agree that it isn't really "cars" in any meaningful sense at this point
 
2014-01-28 11:10:15 AM  

tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.


Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.
 
2014-01-28 11:12:09 AM  
I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.
 
2014-01-28 11:12:31 AM  
"I need a car that does 180 or better, to get to work.  Because I live two hours, you know, from work, so I can just say to my wife, 'goodbye dear' BRRM and I'm at work!"
 
2014-01-28 11:14:50 AM  

dittybopper: tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.

Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.


I had a 76 MGB I loved/ Hated that car more than any car I have ever owned.  I sold it and got a motorcycle.
 
2014-01-28 11:15:06 AM  

vernonFL: I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.


Unless of course you're running on a specially prepared surface, which you would know if you read the article.
 
2014-01-28 11:16:48 AM  

vernonFL: I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.


Utah salt flats
 
2014-01-28 11:18:25 AM  
www.chiefdelphi.com
 
2014-01-28 11:21:14 AM  
You can't outrun the chavs. Even if you can make the London-Budleigh-Salterton run in 10.5 minutes.

/that's right. 174.1 miles from London to Budleigh-Salterton @ 1000 mph
/thank god for the dimensional analysis I learned in chemistry
 
2014-01-28 11:22:15 AM  
After further research, it will not be available to qualify for the FasTrak lane on the bridge.
 
2014-01-28 11:23:39 AM  
I see the British car electrical system references have already been covered, so I'll just leave this old joke in here:

Q: Why do the Brits drink their beer at room temperature?

A: Because their refrigerators are wired by Lucas.
 
2014-01-28 11:24:09 AM  
Meh. My Reliant Robin would do 800 MPH easy if I could ever get out of this traffic.
 
2014-01-28 11:27:00 AM  

vernonFL: I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.


Where they're going they don't need roads
 
2014-01-28 11:27:48 AM  

SmackLT: 1000 mph isn't a car, it's a Mach 1 jet with crappy lift dynamics


Yep.

" Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, "

dittybopper: Unfortunately, the heater will be inadequate, and the electrics will randomly fail for no good reason.


And don't even get me started on the oil leaks.
 
2014-01-28 11:30:48 AM  
In a related story, another British team is developing a kitchen teakettle that fires a 3 meter plasma jet of superheated steam into your face every 2 seconds.
 
2014-01-28 11:34:48 AM  

tobcc: dittybopper: tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.

Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.

I had a 76 MGB I loved/ Hated that car more than any car I have ever owned.  I sold it and got a motorcycle.


'66 Triumph TR-4A that I had to sell before I saw the completion of the restoration project, here. Letting it go broke my heart, but ultimately it probably saved me $15,000 and dozens of lost weekends.
 
2014-01-28 11:36:03 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Meh. My Reliant Robin would do 800 MPH easy if I could ever get out of this traffic.


www.miataturbo.net
 
2014-01-28 11:59:54 AM  
And after building that 1000mph car, they'll need to prove that it can handle road conditions other than a straight line. To do that, they'd need to put it on a track for a lap, and that of course means handing it over to a tame racing driver.

Some say he has two livers; and that due to an incident involving counterfeit tampons, he's no longer allowed in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Tuesdays.

All we know is....
 
2014-01-28 12:18:48 PM  
My Aveo could do 1000 mph if you dropped it from high enough.
 
2014-01-28 12:20:43 PM  
The problem is that you create a shock wave at the front. Airplanes just spread this out, but the ground car has to push part of it under the car.

If you've seen pics of shockwave formation around an aircraft you can quickly surmise the car will destroy the pavement it tries to run on.

I suspect this is like that guy who has been promising a flying car for the past 25 years if only he could get enough funding. You get a sponsor for this impossible thing, pay yourself a respectable salary from the funds, didle around with models and props until you need more funds.
 
2014-01-28 12:42:30 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: /thank god for the dimensional analysis I learned in chemistry


Or, you know, the simple multiplication and division you learned in grade school.

174 miles / 1000 miles per hour * 60 minutes per hour = 10.44 minutes.

It's not exactly rocket surgery or brain science.  Hell, I even have a couple pieces of circular cardboard in my car that lets me do the same calculation quickly and simply.
 
2014-01-28 12:46:49 PM  

tobcc: dittybopper: tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.

Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.

I had a 76 MGB I loved/ Hated that car more than any car I have ever owned.  I sold it and got a motorcycle.


I loved my Spit more than hated, but I eventually got rid of it because it was a cost I didn't really need, and honestly, it needed some serious work.  Blown piston ring, I think, so the thing would smoke like a James Bond Aston-Martin laying down a smoke screen after you drove it for a couple miles.

Just didn't have the skills to fix it myself, nor the money to get it fixed.  You could drive it for short distances until it started smoking badly.  But the darn thing just kept running.

/Even when you turned the key off.
 
2014-01-28 12:47:50 PM  

tobcc: vernonFL: I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.

Utah salt flats


Oddly enough it is very very difficult to go fast on salt.  They say it's why people go back year after year to Bonneville.  It's not so much the speed, as the challenge of figuring out how to go that fast on the salt surface.

The class of vehicle I race does an easy 200 mph on straights.  But you put it out on the salt (BUB created a class for us to compete in about 5 years back) and it struggles to get over 140 on the salt.  A lot of that has to do with traction issues trying to put the power to the ground.  Given that this thing is rocket powered I don't think it will suffer from wheelspin.  I'd be more worried about having the traction in salt to keep it pointed in a straight line.

I never ran out on the salt but I watched friends I race with run out there.  I wasn't willing to expose my chassis and electricals to that much corrosive gunk.

At any rate... it looks like they are planning to run on a huge dry lake bed in Africa.  No idea if that's easier than running on salt.
 
2014-01-28 12:55:01 PM  

wildcardjack: The problem is that you create a shock wave at the front. Airplanes just spread this out, but the ground car has to push part of it under the car.

If you've seen pics of shockwave formation around an aircraft you can quickly surmise the car will destroy the pavement it tries to run on.

I suspect this is like that guy who has been promising a flying car for the past 25 years if only he could get enough funding. You get a sponsor for this impossible thing, pay yourself a respectable salary from the funds, didle around with models and props until you need more funds.



I guess you haven't been following this sort of thing, but the speed of sound has been broken by a car before.  In fact, it was done back in 1997 with a car named the "Thrust SSC"

Here is a picture of that car exceeding the speed of sound.  You can see the shockwaves:

www.acs.psu.edu


That car hit a top speed of 763 MPH.  Getting to 1,000 MPH at this point is just an incremental exercise (albeit a difficult one) in increasing the top speed.  The really hard part was getting past the sound barrier itself.
 
2014-01-28 12:59:14 PM  

Foundling: My Aveo could do 1000 mph if you dropped it from high enough.


I had an Isuzu that would do 200 MPH.


*Downhill.  In a hurricane.
 
2014-01-28 01:09:08 PM  
Step forward.....Nammo

I initially read that as Namco and thought,Holy shiat! From superb fighting games like the "Tekken" and "Soul Caliber" series(well, more the former than the latter) to cutting-edge automobile design?! I farking love this company!

Then I realized my error and refilled my coffee mug.
 
2014-01-28 01:17:25 PM  
An it doubles as a coffin...!  Or would that be urn?  Cause if you wipe it at 1000mph there probably ain't gonna be a lot left to bury.
 
2014-01-28 01:20:04 PM  
They should use this in the Fast & The Furious 7.

I am sure Paul Walker would probably test it out on the street fir...... oh, wait.
 
2014-01-28 01:24:17 PM  
Just attach a JATO unit.  Make sure there are no cliff faces nearby.
 
2014-01-28 01:42:02 PM  
harrisoneqegsa2.files.wordpress.com

This is Jeremy Clarkson's O-face at the thought of a 1,000 MPH British car.
 
2014-01-28 01:49:42 PM  
With the radio on?

Sex Pistol's misheard Modern Lovers lyric covers for the loss.
 
2014-01-28 02:13:50 PM  
Didn't Hammond drive something like this once? If I recall correctly, it didn't exactly end well.
 
2014-01-28 02:31:38 PM  
That's an obvious typo.   The British are working on a car that's good for over 1000 miles.
 
2014-01-28 02:44:53 PM  

Big_Fat_Liar: That's an obvious typo.   The British are working on a car that's good for over 1000 miles.


Maybe it's got a 1,000 mile/1,000 hour warranty, and it just got contracted to 1,000 mile and hour, and some blues guy dropped the 'd'.
 
2014-01-28 03:09:59 PM  

dittybopper: tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.

Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.


Will it have a second set for the mechanic?

/e-type
 
2014-01-28 04:20:48 PM  
This is not exactly news, it's been in development for well over 2 years now. No real reason to doubt the project as the same team did the Thrust SSC as has been mentioned. I hope they succeed with this one too. It has some awesome numbers. The twin jet engines will be sucking up fuel so fast that they are having to use an 800hp Formula 1 engine just as a fuel pump!
 
2014-01-28 05:55:06 PM  

colinspooky: Easy. Gyroscopes, multiple instantly adjustable 'wings'.  Build a really fast skinny plane and run it within a whisker of it coming off the ground so the wheels are almost academic with no real force on them. Long suspension travel will help with the illusion of it being a 'car' as it almost lifts off.


If it was easy Americans would of done it already.

/We choose to do 1000mph in a car not because it's hard
//We choose to do it because we were drunk in a pub and thought "How hard can it be"
 
2014-01-28 06:01:48 PM  

Norfolking Chance: colinspooky: Easy. Gyroscopes, multiple instantly adjustable 'wings'.  Build a really fast skinny plane and run it within a whisker of it coming off the ground so the wheels are almost academic with no real force on them. Long suspension travel will help with the illusion of it being a 'car' as it almost lifts off.

If it was easy Americans would of done it already.

/We choose to do 1000mph in a car not because it's hard
//We choose to do it because we were drunk in a pub and thought "How hard can it be"


'Would have', not 'would of'
 
2014-01-28 09:32:58 PM  

tobcc: dittybopper: tobcc: Will it have 4 Weber carburetors  that need to be tuned to tuned with a 1/4 off set? I would also double check the wiring harness.

//classic English car humor.

Dual Skinner Unions.

//Former Triumph Spitfire owner.

I had a 76 MGB I loved/ Hated that car more than any car I have ever owned.  I sold it and got a motorcycle.


If you think that's bad I had one with the original carburetor.
 
2014-01-28 10:34:49 PM  
It's been done already.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2014-01-28 11:59:31 PM  

tobcc: vernonFL: I doubt that is possible, there isn't a 'road' smooth enough and long enough for something to get up to that speed and then slow down again.

Utah salt flats


Ah yeah... the Utah Salt Flats Road...or is it Avenue?
 
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