At an event held in London’s Canary Wharf, on Wednesday (23 September) The BLOODHOUND Project revealed the world’s fastest and most advanced racing car: BLOODHOUND SSC. The product of eight years of research, design and manufacturing, involving over 350 companies and universities, the car is the centre-piece of a free exhibition, booked out within days of being announced, with 8000 people coming to see the Land Speed Racer.
They will be amongst the first to see the completed 13.5m streamliner, which uses jet and rocket motors to produce c.135,000 thrust hp. This is more than seven times the power output of all the cars in Formula 1 combined and makes BLOODHOUND SSC the worlds’ most powerful land vehicle.
The car has been created by a team of Formula 1 and aerospace experts with assistance from the Army’s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and technicians from the RAFs 71 Squadron who built the tail fin.
The car will be tested on a runway in Cornwall next Easter when it is expected to reach a (relatively) modest 200mph. The team will then deploy to South Africa to begin high-speed testing with a target of reaching 800mph – thus breaking the current world land-speed record of 763mph. The plan is then to return to the UK, review the data and travel back to South Africa in 2017 with the aim of reaching 1,000 mph.
BLOODHOUND SSC is not just a racing car – it is also a supersonic TV studio. There are 12 cameras built into the vehicle, including two inside the cockpit that will be live for the first time during the public show.
When the team is racing for its first record next year in South Africa, audiences will enjoy the same view as Andy and see the same information. They will know how the car is balanced, the temperatures in the engines, the speed through the Measured Mile.
Sharing the experience in this way, and all the data coming from the car, is a core principle of The BLOODHOUND Project and central to its mission of inspiring a future generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Project Director Richard Noble said, "Public interest in The Project is incredible and thanks to the generous support of our partners we are delighted to able to bring BLOODHOUND SSC to London and put it on show. With the car now built and the track in South Africa prepared our focus is on racing in 2016. That part of the adventure starts with runway tests at Newquay Aerohub next Easter.”
Bloodhound has three power systems: a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a 550bhp supercharged Jaguar V8 engine. Between them they generate thrust equivalent to 180 Formula One cars.
When it is finally unleashed on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa, where a team of locals has shifted 15,800 tonnes of stones by hand to create the perfect test track, Bloodhound will go from zero to 1,000mph in 55 seconds and back to zero again in a further 65 seconds, covering 12 miles.