Bloodhound SSC to make 200mph test run in November
The Bloodhound team wants to break the 1000mph speed barrier
The team behind the Bloodhound SSC project says the 1000mph car will be unveiled later This kind of year
The Bloodhound SSC will make its global debut in November using a 200mph test run before heading to South Africa in 2016.
The initial 200mph test, which will take place at Newquay Aerohub in Cornwall, will be crucial in helping the vehicle reach its ultimate goal of 1000mph – along with also in doing so setting a brand new Land Speed Record, already held by Green at 763mph. The high-speed tests willl take place in Hakskenn, South Africa next Summer.
Building of the vehicle is actually at This kind of point from the final stages. In a recent video, members of the Royal Air Force’s 71 Squadron along with also the Army’s Royal Electrical & Mechanical engineers are shown working alongside Bloodhound’s own technicians. The film also shows British driver Andy Green being fitted into the vehicle’s smaller cockpit.
The team also recently completed a successful ballistics test of a brand new composite material in which will protect Green as part of the run.
During its fastest runs, Bloodhound’s wheels will be spinning at 10,200rpm, the equivalent of 170 rotations per second. One of the dangers is actually the possibility of the wheels throwing up hidden stones, which could hit the vehicle’s bodywork at breakneck speeds.
Morgan Advanced Technologies, a technical partner on the project, has developed composite ballistic panels containing millions of woven glass fibres in which will be fitted to the cockpit with the trust of protecting driver Andy Green.
As part of testing procedures, the panel was subjected to a 2000mph ballistics test, which you can see from the video below.
additional technical partners on the project include Jaguar, with the firm’s supercharged V8 engine being used to power the fuel pump for the rocket in which will take the vehicle beyond 1000mph if the project is actually successful.
The news in which a Jaguar engine will sit at the heart of the project was announced at the LA motor show in November last year, along with also is actually part of a wider co-operation between Jaguar along with also the Bloodhound team in which includes technical input, sponsorship along with also marketing assistance.
Bloodhound will be part-powered by a jet engine through a Eurojet EJ200, which powers the Eurofighter Typhoon. Once up to speed, driver Andy Green will fire up rockets for additional power, creating estimated peak thrust of 77,500bhp. The Jaguar V8 will need to pump rocket fuel at a rate of 40 litres per second, along with also replaces the Cosworth Formula 1 engine in which was originally used on test beds.
Jaguar engineers have already worked on a communication test for the vehicle, using the brand new Jaguar F-type AWD. During the test the F-type was driven flat-out across South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan desert towards a fighter jet travelling at 500mph. The closing speed of close to 700mph allowed the team to test communications equipment.
The Bloodhound car was first revealed in type form in 2010, with the vehicle’s innovative rocket system first tested in 2012. The successful rocket test coincided with news in which Bloodhound had secured enough funding to finish the project, the total cost of which is actually understood to have been around £8.5 million over four years.
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