1000mph Bloodhound SSC will run 500mph tests in the fall of 2018

The Bloodhound SSC – the British 1000mph Eurofighter-jet-powered land speed record challenger – will go on to the second phase of testing in the fall of 2018, where it will focus on 500mph in the Hakseen Pan of the track in the South of Africa.

After the test of 200 mph in Newquay 1.7 miles of the trail, the Bloodhound team plans to send the vehicle to a track especially prepared for the first of two high-speed campaign in 2018. The team intends to use the 11 miles of track in Hakskeen Pan, in the northwest of south africa, where the vehicle will be driven to 500mph. This is seen as one of the most risky speed for the car, such as between 400mph and 500mph where the car of progress is not dictated by its contact with the ground, but their aerodynamics, making the car less stable.


Bloodhound SSC: inside the factory building a 1000mph car

The test will be the first time that the car aluminium wheels will be used – 35 inch units with V-shaped keels that is going to dig in the mud at low speeds, but get up and plane along the surface at 500mph. 50 tracks of the test will be marked at the location of each be used only once, due to the car breaking the mud surface in each run. Normal wheels may not be used, as the tyres will disintegrate at these speeds due to the centrifugal force generated at these speeds. The aluminum wheels can spin up to 10,200 rpm – 1700 times per second.

The test data will be collected by more than 500 sensors throughout the car, and will be shared with schools around the world to the student the analysis. To prepare the bed for the Hound of execution, 16,000 tons of rock had to be removed by the local community, from the 22 million square meters of site – the largest land clearance ever been to a motorsport event.

Bloodhound’s Andy Green about the challenges of doing 1000mph


If this second 500mph test is successful, the sponsors hope to top 800mph in 2019 in Hakskeen Pan, surpassing Green of the previous mark set 20 years earlier, on 15 October 1997 in the Thrust SSC) of 763.065 mph. To do this, the car’s jet-rocket, you will need to produce 13 tons of thrust – four more than are needed on the 200 mph run.

Then, in the year 2020, the Hound of the crew to add extra rocket engines, an attempt to set a 1000mph land speed record – the project’s ultimate goal. Green said the Bus that the momentum for this race is going to reach 20 tons, which is equal to the power of all nine of the RAF Red Arrows Hawk aircraft produce when combined or 180 Formula 1 cars.

Hound’s full 200 mph first test at Newquay Airport

Britain’s 1000mph world land speed record challenger, successfully reached more than 200 mph in Newquay Airport such as the initial part of its first phase of testing.

The test, which can be seen as a repetition in the video below, and saw that the fastest man in the world for the last 20 years, Wing Commander Andy Green, at the wheel for the first time.

Current provided by Bloodhound SSC

Green and his team made the jet and rocket-powered car up to and beyond 200 mph, using its EJ200 Eurofighter engine in the airport of Cornwall of the main track and pushing it to the maximum reheat or afterburner – stage. The two races, each of which saw the car accelerate from zero to 200 mph in less than 1300 meters, have been used to evaluate the steering, brakes, suspension systems and data, while also measuring the efficiency of the air intake that feeds the EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon.

Hound of the engineers can make some technical changes in the car before the final race. One option is to change the car Jaguar source 5.0-liter V8 engine ‘fuel pump’, that pumps a ton of fuel for 18 seconds, for an electric powertrain. The use of electrical energy was the original plan when the Bloodhound project was opened nine years ago, but the battery technology that is said not to be sufficiently advanced as to comply with the car.

Now, with Geely, owner of Volvo and the brand of the Polar star in the electric car division on board as a main sponsor, it seems that the chances of obtaining an electric powertrain that is powerful and durable enough for the high speed runs are much higher. The electronic components of the recently revealed 592bhp Polestar 1 could serve as an effective technique point of departure – even if not insiders have suggested that such a plan would take place at this stage.

For the first tests, the car was equipped with carbon brake discs and wheels with Dunlop pneumatic tyres of rubber of a English Electric Lightning combat aircraft. For the higher speed runs during which the wheels spin up to 10,200 rpm, or 170 times per second – will have solid aluminium wheels, because the rubber tires would not hold together. At that speed, ” said chief engineer Mark Chapman, a 1kg bag of sugar weigh 50 tons. When Hound’s full power is deployed, the car is designed to go from 0 to 60 mph in less than a second, reaching 1000mph in 55sec.

The 200 mph run showed the Hound of the crew of his jet engine can be pushed to a maximum of reheat sooner than expected. Chapman, explained earlier this year that “the jet engine air intakes are designed to work best at high speed, and there is a threshold at which you can accept to all gas”. The team now know they can get maximum acceleration from a lower speed, and the result was the car hit 200 mph in just 8sec – a second faster than previously thought possible.

Hound goal: 1000mph

For Bloodhound to reach your ultimate goal, director of marketing, Ewen Honeyman – a man with vast experience in marketing, including a stint in Formula 1 – said the Coach-that around £30 million of additional funding would be necessary, which is practically equal to the total expenditure up to the moment. The project is about to announce four new sponsors: Cooper tires, engineering company Renishaw, the Belstaff clothing company and signature Oracle.

Project Director Richard Noble, himself a former record holder for speed on land, called the Newquay of the track trials, “the greatest milestone in the history of the project up to now” because it has provided the team with its first opportunity to test the procedures that will be used to Hound the serious record runs.

Noble said the Bloodhound team will also see the track trials as a way to thank the schools, students, families, and businesses that have supported your project, which stalled for nearly a year, due to the shortage of funding until Geely – which also owns the London Taxi Company, Lotus, and Proton – agreed to become Hound’s “primary partner” and the funding of the 1000mph project until its conclusion. .

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