The BLOODHOUND Project
was spawned from Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC, both projects with Richard
Noble at the helm as the originator of the British land speed record
The BLOODHOUND Project is the name of an international education initiative focused around a 1,000 mph world land speed
record attempt. The team aim to break the land speed record with a pencil-shaped car called BLOODHOUND
SSC, powered by a jet engine and a rocket
similar to the Budweiser
car, designed to reach 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever
The project is based in what used to be the Maritime Heritage Centre on the Bristol
harbourside, located next to
Brunel's SS Great Britain. This building has been renamed the Bloodhound Technical Centre.
The College of Engineering at Swansea University has been heavily involved in the aerodynamic shape of the vehicle from the start. Professor Oubay
Hassan, Professor Ken Morgan and their team have used Computational Fluid Dynamics
(CFD) in order to provide an understanding of the aerodynamic characteristics of the proposed shape, at all speeds, including predicting the likely vertical, lateral and drag forces on the vehicle and its pitch and yaw
This technology, originally developed for the aerospace industry, was validated for a land-going vehicle during the design of Thrust
SSC. It was this involvement with the previous land speed record that prompted
Richard Noble to approach Swansea in April 2007 to see if they could help with this latest challenge. Swansea University's School of the Environment and Society was also enlisted to help determine a new test site for the record as the test site for the
Thrust SSC record attempt has become
A prototype Eurojet EJ200 jet engine developed for the Eurofighter and bound for a museum, was donated to the project. This will take the car to 300 mph (480 km/h), after which a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by Daniel Jubb (nicknamed "Rocket Dan"), 27, from Manchester, who built his first rocket at the age of 5, will boost the car up to 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h). A third engine, an 750 hp (560 kW) 2.4 Litre Cosworth CA2010 F1 V8
petrol engine, is used as an auxiliary power unit and to drive the oxidiser pump for the rocket. The jet engine will provide nine tonnes of thrust and the rocket will add another 12. The Super Sonic Car will have roughly the same power as 180
The four 36-inch (910 mm) diameter wheels will rotate at up to 10,200 rpm and will be forged from solid
aluminium to resist the 50,000 g centrifugal
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The 1,000mph racing car has had its EJ200 jet engine started and taken to max
reheat during its first week of testing at Cornwall Airport, Newquay.
Driver Andy Green sat in the cockpit, throttling the jet engine with his right foot, the car was tied down to a secure anchor.
Data collected from the sensors on the car confirmed the jet engine produced the expected thrust during maximum reheat.
“What a fantastic ending to our first week of testing,” said Stuart Edmonson, Head of Engineering Operations. “integrating a Eurofighter Typhoon
jet engine into the car is a huge challenge; however, we have succeeded!”
“Witnessing the EJ200 jet engine at maximum reheat is a fantastic experience. Not only can you see the shock diamonds and hear the deafening noise, you can physically feel the power of the engine as your body shakes.”
“With the static tests complete the team will move onto dynamic testing, ready for our high speed, 200mph, trials at the end of October.”
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