Thursday, November 26, 2009
Bloodhound heads for 1000mph
BBC reports: [edited]
The UK team aiming to smash its own land speed record by driving a car beyond 1,000mph has settled on a final design for the vehicle. It calls for a major re-configuration of the vehicle's two power units, with a Eurofighter jet engine now being positioned above a hybrid rocket.
The car, known as Bloodhound, will be built in Bristol's docklands. The team expects to start running the vehicle on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape Province, South Africa, in 2011.
Andy Green set the current World Land Speed Record in 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC jet-powered vehicle at 763mph. The RAF pilot is now returning for a crack at his own mark in a project led by his old team principal, Richard Noble, himself a former land speed record holder.
Many of the original Thrust design and engineering staff are also involved.
The Bloodhound group hopes the quest to take a car through 1,000mph will be an inspirational venture, in particular to young children thinking of pursuing careers in science and technology.
Bloodhound now has more than 2,410 primary and secondary schools, 98 further education colleges and 33 universities signed up and using the Bloodhound education resources in their lessons.