• Question: what will power the car

    Asked by danielgosling to Hywel on 16 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Hywel Vaughan

      Hywel Vaughan answered on 16 Jun 2010:

      Great question Daniel!
      We have three power sources for the car – the first is an EJ200 jet engine. If you ever watch Top Gear you may have seen the episode where the Bugatti Veyron races a Eurofighter jet – we are using the engine that powers that jet. It is a highly sophisticated military turbofan, and will get us up to approximately 300mph.
      Underneath that we have the largest Hybrid Rocket ever to be manufactured in the UK. It is half a metre in diameter and four and half metres long! This will push us up to 1000mph.
      To pump all the fuel and run all of the hydraulics, we use an 800 brake horse power petrol engine – more powerful than those used in Formula 1… and that is just to pump our fuel!