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.