Bloodhound SSC unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow

Article by Christian A., on July 19, 2010

Plans are proceeding for a new vehicle to beat the current landspeed record 763 mph (1,228 km/h) by hitting no less than 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h). It was in 1997 in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, that the current record was set by the Thrust SSC.

The new development is being spearheaded by the Thrust SSC project's director, Richard Noble, and the chief aerodynamicist, Ron Ayres while Andy Green has been named as the driver.

The vehicle, dubbed the Bloodhound SSC, is now a full-size model and has recently been introduced at the Farnborough International Airshow (UK).

The replica of supersonic car has an aerodynamic design that was in development for more than three years. It measures 12.8 meters in length, weighs 950 kg and can be divided into three sections. Polystyrene block and fiberglass were molded by hand to build the model.

To finish the replica vehicle, the team had to use six layers of special aerospace paint. Powering the Bloodhound is a EJ200 jet engine borrowed from an Eurofighter Typhoon. A 400-kg Falcon hybrid rocket will be fitted below the unit.

The Bloodhound has a total output that is equivalent to 133,150 hp. Hampson Industries, which is the project's title sponsor, is set to produce the rear fuselage for the vehicle. The team claims that engine tests have already been perfected and have led to positive results. The engine was placed on a bench and boosted to full power, delivering the factory maximum thrust of 90 kN.

Unveiled for the first time at the Farnborough International Airshow, the complete life size show car measures 12.8 meters in length, making longer than four Minis parked end to end. According to Bloodhound Company Ltd., the 1:1 replica comes as a result of three years of aerodynamic study as well as ten exhaustive design evolutions – allowing the team to to perfect the shape and aerodynamic package of the supersonic car.

To achieve the current shape of the Bloodhound SSC replica, Swansea University, MathWorks and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), conducted aerodynamic research using Computational Fluid Dynamics. In addition, the aerodynamic team led by Ron Ayers generated millions of mathematical equations to probe how the air around the Bloodhound SSC would react as the supersonic car sprints to its maximum design speed of 1,050 mph.

All of these information resulted to an efficient shape that remains be stable at supersonic speeds while still controllable at a sub-sonic velocity.

The Bloodhound SSC replica as 5 cubic meters of polystyrene blocks that cut into bucks and molds. Fiberglass and resin was then laid over the bucks by CHW Composites and Mike Horne Design.

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