This is the Bloodhound SLR.
You may have never heard of it, but it is one of the world’s fastest vehicles, and the world’s fastest car.
The brainchild of Stuart Edmondson, a former Royal Air Force (RAF) Wing Commander, the Bloodhound features a streamlined, airplane-like body with a gigantic fin at the back and a pointy nose.
It’s massive, too.
It has a wheelbase of 8.9 meters (29 feet), roughly the same as a stretch limo, and it’s 12.9 meters (42 feet) long.
It’s quite tall as well, measuring 3 meters or 9.8 feet.
More importantly, it develops a mountain of power.
The engine is made by Rolls-Royce and it is the sort of powertrain you expect to find under the fuselage of an Eurojet aircraft.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say, and the world’s fastest car took a long time to develop.
The Bloodhound name first appeared in the late 2000s, with several prototypes being built through the years including the one you see pictured below: the Bloodhound SSC.
Richard Noble and Andy Green, both from the RAF just like Edmondson, first came up with an idea for a supersonic car in the mid 2000s.
Nearly two decades and a few prototypes later, the Bloodhound is one step closer to an unbeatable land speed record.
In 2019, the Bloodhound LSR achieved a top speed of 628 miles per hour (1,011 km/h).
It only takes 3.6 seconds to cover a mile (1.6 km).
The Bloodhound LSR produces 135,000 thrust horsepower, which is more than eight times the power of all Formula One cars on the grid combined.
And 150 times more powerful than one F1 car.
And there’s more good news, too.
The team behind the Bloodhound project and Edmonson himself believe it is theoretically capable of reaching 800 mph (1,300 km/h).