New assault on world land speed record

New assault on world land speed record

Bloodhound SSC fq

Twelve years since Andy Green and the Thrust SSC cut through the sound barrier on their way to the current World Land Speed Record of 763.053 mph, Green and former record-holder, Richard Noble, are preparing to write the latest chapter in the history of World Land Speed Record attempts, with a 1,000mph (1,690kmh) bid.

Labelled as an engineering adventure, the four-year Bloodhound Project, sponsored by fuel additive brand STP, is designed to re-ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics amongst the youth, and raise the numbers entering technology careers.

A combination of jet, rocket and piston-engined power is employed in the 12.8m, 6,400kg Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) in the quest for the goal.  With former Land Speed Record Holder and team boss from 12 years ago Richard Noble again fronting the team, and Andy Green once more in the driving seat, the team has all the credentials to complete the task.

The new Bloodhound SSC will be powered by three engines: a hybrid rocket, Eurojet EJ200 jet engine and 800bhp V12 engine, the latter of which will pull the vehicle around at low speeds and act as a starter motor for the jet engine.

The project is based in Filton, Bristol, UK. Starting with an 800mph bid in 2009, the car will be continuously developed, with a 900mph run in 2010 and the ultimate goal of 1,000mph will be aimed for in 2011. The venue for the record runs is to be confirmed, but Black Rock Desert, Nevada, the scene of Green’s record with Thrust SSC, is one of the considered venues.

To fulfil the aim of generating interest and enthusiasm in technology, the unique project has complete public accessibility. Bloodhound SSC will be developed in the full public gaze at the team HQ in Filton, where visitors will have access to see the car taking shape.  Comprehensive and constantly updated websites, from both the Bloodhound Project and STP, will also act as a resource for full information as the project unfolds.

Check back for futher updates, till then check out the images and the clip below.

Bloodhound SSC fq

Twelve years since Andy Green and the Thrust SSC cut through the sound barrier on their way to the current World Land Speed Record of 763.053 mph, Green and former record-holder, Richard Noble, are preparing to write the latest chapter in the history of World Land Speed Record attempts, with a 1,000mph (1,690kmh) bid.

Labelled as an engineering adventure, the four-year Bloodhound Project, sponsored by fuel additive brand STP, is designed to re-ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics amongst the youth, and raise the numbers entering technology careers.

A combination of jet, rocket and piston-engined power is employed in the 12.8m, 6,400kg Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) in the quest for the goal.  With former Land Speed Record Holder and team boss from 12 years ago Richard Noble again fronting the team, and Andy Green once more in the driving seat, the team has all the credentials to complete the task.

The new Bloodhound SSC will be powered by three engines: a hybrid rocket, Eurojet EJ200 jet engine and 800bhp V12 engine, the latter of which will pull the vehicle around at low speeds and act as a starter motor for the jet engine.

The project is based in Filton, Bristol, UK. Starting with an 800mph bid in 2009, the car will be continuously developed, with a 900mph run in 2010 and the ultimate goal of 1,000mph will be aimed for in 2011. The venue for the record runs is to be confirmed, but Black Rock Desert, Nevada, the scene of Green’s record with Thrust SSC, is one of the considered venues.

To fulfil the aim of generating interest and enthusiasm in technology, the unique project has complete public accessibility. Bloodhound SSC will be developed in the full public gaze at the team HQ in Filton, where visitors will have access to see the car taking shape.  Comprehensive and constantly updated websites, from both the Bloodhound Project and STP, will also act as a resource for full information as the project unfolds.

Check back for futher updates, till then check out the images and the clip below.

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