Science Focus - the home of BBC Science Focus Magazine

Watch Bloodhound SSC engineers dissect the car

Published: 22nd February, 2017 at 00:00
Subscribe to BBC Science Focus Magazine and get 6 issues for just £9.99

British team looking to break land-speed record launch new series ‘Anatomy of the Car’ explaining every part of the supersonic car.

Watching a dissection of a bloodhound might sound like one of the more macabre finds on YouTube, but when the beast in question is the fastest car on Earth you can pull your hands from over your eyes and watch on.


In their new 30-video series called Anatomy of the Car, the Bristol-based team looking to break the land speed record breakdown the whole Bloodhound SSC to show you exactly what each part of the car does, and how it is going to help smash the 1000mph barrier.

In the first three videos you’ll find some pretty astonishing facts, such as the pressure exerted on the nose is the same as two African Bull elephants, or that a part of the front upright is called the ‘goat’s head’ – it’s a menagerie this car!

Check out the first Anatomy of the Car videos below and make sure you let us and the team at Bloodhound know what you think.

BLOODHOUND SSC - 1,000 mph car/YouTube

At 13.4m long and weighing in at 7.5 tonnes, the car is a cross between a racing car and a jet engine, and when in full flight will produce a massive 135,000 horsepower. That's enough to cover a mile in of the Hakskeen Pan of South Africa, where the record attempt will take place, in just 3.6 seconds.

Get the latest news from the Bloodhound SSC team at


Follow Science Focus on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flipboard


Alexander McNamaraOnline Editor, BBC Science Focus

Alexander is the former Online Editor at BBC Science Focus.


Sponsored content