Intel Atom powers 1,000 mph car

  • Intel's Atom processor can be found inside everything from netbooks to smartphones. But now 7 of the ubiquitous chips have been spotted inside the Bloodhound SSC, a jet and rocket-powered supersonic car expected to break the 1,000 mph barrier.

    Indeed, at the heart of the Bloodhound design are Atom-powered advanced engine controls and driver information displays that provide vital information to the driver about the condition of vehicle and performance.

    According to the Bloodhound Project, a constant flow of information is required to safely the navigate the vehicle, as drivers are expected to run through a wide speed range while keeping the same load on all four wheels.

    "The little winglets above the wheels are fully dynamic trimmers making small adjustments in fractions of a second.

    "They are not there to develop massive download as needed for a wheel-driven circuit-racing car, but simply to maintain constant wheel load up to Mach 1.4. The Jet will provide that degree of control."

    Additional Bloodhound specs include:

Wheelbase - 8.9 meters
    • Overall length - 12.8 meters
    • Car mass - 6,422 kg
    • Turning circle - 120 meters
    • Maximum height - 2808 mm
    • Fuel capacity - 500 liters
    • Thrust EJ200 - 20,000 lbs
    • Thrust rocket - 25,000 lbs