Sleek Bloodhound Supersonic set to steal land speed record

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1,000mph Bloodhound land-speed record car revealed.

The other big motoring story of the week thankfully had nothing to do with emissions. The team behind the car will carry out 200 mph trials at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall next year, before going to South Africa for a series of high-speed runs in the desert. “I have no doubt in my mind that we will beat the world record next year.

It was today shown in fully assembled form for the first time, with the right-hand side fully dressed in desert spec, complete with forged aluminium wheels and aerodynamic panels, and the left in “naked” Newquay spec, meaning rubber tyres that can run on Tarmac and panels missing for easy access. The current world record for the fastest land speed was made by Andy Green, who reached 763 mph (1,228 km/h) in a Thrust SSC in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada in 1997. The team also announced that it will be mid-October next year when Bloodhound will first turn its wheels on the 11.8-mile Hakskeen Pan in South Africa, the place where it will hopefully crack 1,000mph. Bloodhount features a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidizer pump. “Public interest in Bloodhound is incredible and we simply can’t get enough people into our Bristol Technical Centre to satisfy demand,” he said. “We realized too that we have a unique opportunity to show the car before its carbon fiber and titanium skins are fitted in place, so people can see the extraordinary engineering inside.” In spite of being told how big it is, the first impression (after an immense swell of pride that such an advanced piece of machinery could be developed in Britain) is that it looks compact, muscular and simply crammed with engines, jets and rockets.

The most recognisable thing, apart from the seven fire extinguishers, is the 5.0-litre V8 engine from the Jaguar F-type sports car, which will run the fuel pumps, delivering more than 800 litres of high-test peroxide in just 20 seconds – the rocket motor’s burn time. The jet engine from a Typhoon fighter plane occupies the car’s top floor and provides nine tonnes of thrust, while underneath is a single Nammo rocket motor providing an additional four tonnes.

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