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The article says the engine was designed for a plane, but that's not goal of the project. The project is to make a super fast car to break the land speed record. Testing on an aircraft seems like it would add cost unnecessarily.
Boys and their toys...
Wouldn't catch me in that...
What would be the purpose of a 1,000 mph car when I doubt there is any highway on any road in any country that could safely allow that kind of speed?
They're trying to break a land speed record; not design a new street legal car.
So they break the land speed and then what? Just to be able to say they did it. OK - boys will be boys.
Oh the melodrama...
Better just put a missile horizontally and put a few steering wheels under it
I believe it was tested on a fighter aircraft. Why they want to make a car go 1000 mph is beyond me. :)
I still prefer helicopters. Much easier to crash than cars powered by... Oh... Wait... What.
I can see the rationale behind testing the engine on a car. A ground based frame is cheaper than a custom air-frame, the engine can be tested as slower speeds first, if there is a mechanical problem, the vehicle can roll to a stop instead of nose diving into a lake bed and.... there will probably be people sponsoring the development just to see the land record broken.
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