While the Bloodhound SSC is designed to reach 1600km/h, air brakes will actually absorb most of the speed until it slows to 257km/h, at which point physical brake pads will bring it to a full stop. But that’s still no easy task given the size and weight of the vehicle.
During testing, high-performance carbon rotors shattered before they hit the required 10,000rpm mark — which left only good old steel as the material of choice. So far it looks like the specially-engineered pads will hold up as required, despite reaching temperatures of over 815C in testing. But their success is crucial to the record breaking since the Bloodhound SSC has to stop, turn around and do it again in a limited time window. [YouTube via Motor Authority]