Bloodhound SSC goes 1,000mph, runs on Intel Atom netbook chips

Project Bloodhound took a step closer to reality yesterday, as its makers unveiled a full-scale model of the 1,000mph car at the Farnborough air show

Project Bloodhound took a step closer to reality yesterday, as its makers unveiled a full-scale model of the 1,000mph car at the Farnborough air show.

Visitors were treated to a near-final 1:1 mockup which, at 12.8 metres in length, is as long as four Minis parked end to end. The model gives us a tantalising glimpse of a car that, if all goes to plan, will be only the second land vehicle to break the sound barrier -- the first being the Thrust SSC.

The Bloodhound will be powered by a jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter. Worryingly, it'll also rely on a shedload of Intel Atom processors -- similar to the chips used in the majority of netbooks -- to check engine calculations. One Atom chip will control the Bloodhound's propulsion system while the second and third will double- and triple-check the first's calculations.

A further four Intel Atom chips will help the driver, Wing Commander Andy Green, keep the Bloodhound on the road. That's probably just as well for Wg Cdr Green -- our experience with Atoms is that when used in isolation, Atom chips get bogged down even when running something as basic as Internet Explorer.

We'll keep you posted on the Bloodhound's progress we get it. In the meantime, check out the video we shot with the car last year -- it makes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport look like a G-Wiz.

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