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BLOODHOUND team unveils 1:1 scale replica of the car out to smash the world land speed record


July 23, 2010

The full size, full length BLOODHOUND SSC show car unveiled at Farnborough (Image: Nick Ha...

The full size, full length BLOODHOUND SSC show car unveiled at Farnborough (Image: Nick Haselwood)

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The UK team behind the BLOODHOUND Project announced a number of significant milestones this week on the way to their goal of setting a new world land speed record. The biggest – or at least the longest – was the unveiling of a 1:1 scale replica of the car that the team believes will smash the current land speed record of 763 mph (just under 1,228 km/h) set in 1997.

The life size Show Car that was unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in Hampshire, England, started its life as five meter cubed polystyrene blocks, which were then cut into bucks and molds using three axis machining. Fiberglass and resin was then laid over the bucks in a process that took many thousands of painstaking hours to hand finish. The BLOODHOUND model was then given the six coats of Akzo Nobel aerospace paint.

The end result was a 950kg (2,094 lb) show car that measures 12.8m (42 ft) long and needed to be separated into three sections to be transported to Farnborough.

The full size, full length BLOODHOUND SSC show car unveiled at Farnborough (Image: Nick Ha...

The design of the car was the result of aerodynamic research using Computational Fluid Dynamics that at key moments utilized more computing power than the UK’s Met Office – the body responsible for the UK’s weather forecasting.

The BLOODHOUND aerodynamic team, lead by Ron Ayers, generated millions of mathematical equations to investigate how the air around the car would react as the car accelerates to its maximum design speed of 1,050 mph (1,689.8 km/h). Using this information they then designed an efficient shape that would be stable at supersonic speeds, and controllable a sub-sonic velocity.

BLOODHOUND Driving Experience

At the FIA the team also debuted the BLOODHOUND Driving Experience that allows drivers to get behind the virtual wheel of the car and experience something of what it’s like to travel ten miles in just 100 seconds. Developed with the help of Intel, the simulator lets visiting drivers face the multi-tasking challenge of monitoring and controlling three separate engines whilst keeping the 133,000bhp car on course on the way up to Mach 1.4.

BBC Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos tries the BLOODHOUND Driving Expreience under the ...

Virtual land speed racers will have to balance the jet and rocket thrust, accelerating the jet and firing the rocket at precisely the right time to reach maximum speed in just four and a half miles. Drivers will need lightning-fast reflexes to mitigate the effects of cross-winds and surface changes, then juggle air brakes, parachute and wheel brakes to haul the 6,000kg (13,228 lb) car down from fifteen times the UK national speed limit to standstill, to finish at an exact location in the desert.

EJ200 engine test successful

The team also announced that the Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine that will be used during the land speed record-attempts successfully completed a rigorous test session last week.

The EJ200 will be used to power BLOODHOUND SSC from 0 to 300 mph (482.8 km/h) during its planned desert runs in 2012. Prior to being put on show at FIA, it was driven to full power on reheat in a series of controlled bench-tests, producing a maximum thrust of 90 kN (20,000 lbf) with no problems.

Having completed its life as a development engine for the Typhoon programme, the 1.5-ton engine is now on loan to the BLOODHOUND Programme. It will partner the largest hybrid rocket ever designed in Europe to produce a combined thrust of 212 kN (47,500 lb) – the equivalent to 180 F1 cars – and propel driver Andy Green from 0 to 1,000 mph in 42 seconds. Or at least that's the plan. We wish them well and will keep you posted on their progress.

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Yeah, yeah. Yet another group doing what the Budweiser Rocket did in 1979, even though the French didn't officially witness it.

I'd like to see that car refurbished and run again to prove once and for all it broke the sound barrier 31 years ago.

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23rd July, 2010 @ 08:28 pm PDT

I haven't been following your mag. for very long, but inlight of the prececeding report I hope that you have been following the work on the North American Eagle. This project could break the LSR potentially this fall. It is 100% American and not a major corporate investment. This is as close to shade tree mechanics as you can get in this day and time.


24th July, 2010 @ 12:16 pm PDT

This is all U.K boss, the only french bits are the baguettes from Subway they eat at dinner time,lunch time for confused readers, I thought the North American Eagle had Canadian bits on it, from the Discovery Turbo documentary I saw, thats what it said. The basis for the eagle is the Locheed Starfighter, one of the most notoriously pain in the bum cheeks,butt cheeks, any pilot German or American flew during the Cold War. Thats why the Phantom ended up becoming the favourite jet of the world, during that time. The Phantom's engines were used on the Thrust 2 Project , and the Thrust SSC Project. The American Eagle project I assume uses the General Electric? engines from the original Starfighter along with The Starfighter fuselage, Thrust 2 and SSC both used purpose built body work. SSC resides in the Coventry Motor Museum, I think Thrust 2 resides at Bieulieu.

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25th July, 2010 @ 10:09 am PDT

This is pretty much the JCB Dieselmax with a bigger set of balls.

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25th July, 2010 @ 10:15 am PDT

Awesome. One thing though. If you're going 1,000 mph, you'll cover 10 miles in 1/100 of an hour which is only 36 seconds, not 100 seconds. You could go 10 miles in 100 seconds at a mere 333 mph. I'm assuming the simulator takes you up to 1,050 mph.

25th July, 2010 @ 02:43 pm PDT

It would be a real prick to find a car parking spot for at the local super market.

Mr Stiffy
25th July, 2010 @ 08:27 pm PDT


I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than water. Intel have major CPU cooling problems - "Intel's microprocessors were generating so much heat that they were melting" (iht.com) - try to talk to them - they send my communications to my competitor & will not talk to me.

Winners of major 'Corporate Social Responsibility' awardS!!!


When did RICO get repealed?"


BTW, I have the evidence - my competitor gave it to me.

BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if;

%u2022 They can show that the actions were those of a single individual in the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:

%u2022 They gain redress on my behalf.

Although playing a major role in it's facilitation, the power of the internet appears to have come as much a surprise to Intel as it has to the catholic church.

Inventors - help your fellow inventors - share your experiences with companies - good and bad.





Stuart Saunders
18th August, 2010 @ 07:00 pm PDT

Worst. Paintjob. Ever.

Jeffrey Hoffman
30th August, 2010 @ 09:29 am PDT

my dear if i can get a link to where producing this car i will make like them . i need to bee there. Any body , can some body help me out

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20th September, 2010 @ 02:49 am PDT

Every LSR vehicle that has ever had a full scale mock-up built first....

has failed.

Will this be the first one not to?

@Facebook User

As for the F-104,

she STILL holds The Record for Fastest Low Altitude speed for a manned aircraft


will still out-climb any aircraft ever built.

It's main problem was with the pilots-

she could be a VERY dangerous&difficult plane to fly or land.

2nd October, 2012 @ 10:44 am PDT
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