Supersonic car to travel one mile in 3.6 seconds

(CNN) – It looks like something out of the latest James Bond movie. And there’s even a Q-like character, but this is reality. Say hello to the Bloodhound, billed as the world’s fastest racing car, making its world debut in London.

“0 to 1,000 miles per hour is 55 seconds. And when we go through the measured mile, it’s 3.6 seconds… a mile in 3.6 seconds and then we got to think about stopping.”

This is going to be driven by an RAF pilot, and as you can see it’s not quite done yet, but when it is, it will be supersonic.

This race car is part jet and part rocket.

“This is done as a hybrid rocket. It’s very very clean and 98% efficient. It’s an amazing thing.”

It was built by a team of Formula-1 and aerospace experts, with help from the British Royal Air Force and Army engineers. The goal? To smash the current world land speed record of 763 mph.

The outside is sleek and aerodynamic, and the insides, well, we’ll let an expert tell you all about it.

“You’ve got the most impressive jet engine, the EJ-200, coupled with the next generation of space travel. Rocket motors being built for the European Space Agency… and then the most extraordinary aerodynamic design.”

Next up for the Bloodhound — a trip to South Africa to race on a track built especially for this supersonic machine. The goal is to hit 800 mph next year, and 1000 mph in 2017.

No doubt this race car is already on 007’s wish list.

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