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Bloodhound Driver's Suit Survives Flamethrower Bombardment, Withstanding 1,800 Degrees


As the Thrust SuperSonic Car team constructs the 1,000 MPH Bloodhound rocket car, separate teams are working on a protective suit for driver Andy Green, so he feels safe even while driving at ludicrous speed. He’ll wear three layers of a new flame-proof fabric that can survive temperatures in excess of 1,800 degrees F. Watch a double-layer suit burn for 12 seconds in the video below.

Someone wearing the suit might suffer second-degree burns, New Scientist reports. But a person wearing conventional fire-retardant clothing would suffer fatal burns in about five seconds.