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The Bloodhound Project Andy Green's Diary

Andy Green's Diary

Every month, driver Andy Green writes his diary page bringing the project up to date from his perspective, and looking forward to what is planned next on the way to breaking the World Land Speed Record

 

Andy Green's diary

Monday, 29 September, 2014

The assembly of the world’s first 1000 mph Car continues at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre near Bristol. It started over a year ago, with the build of the lower chassis, seen in timelapse in this video.

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

With just about a year to go until we are planning to run BLOODHOUND, a lot of things are coming together and it’s feeling more ‘real’ every month. After more than 7 years of work, our 3-engined Car, weighing 7.8 tonnes fully fuelled, is coming together as planned.

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

We got a chance to show off all our progress this month to one of our long-term supporters. HRH Prince Philip has been a keen follower of the Land Speed Record since the Thrust SSC days, so it was a great pleasure to welcome him to the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre to see our latest efforts. He lived up to his reputation for being great fun as well as very quick on technical details

Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

It was great to see the cockpit finished and unveiled in public this month. This is my ‘1000 mph office’, which I first started to design over 6 years ago. It’s been exciting to see it come together, but as the design of the Car became more detailed, I’ve had to change some of the requirements as we went along. I’m thrilled and – I can now finally admit – slightly relieved that it does all fit in the space available.

Friday, 23 May, 2014

It was just over 3 years ago that Rolex became BLOODHOUND’s official timing partner. Their support has been invaluable in helping us to build the world’s first 1000 mph Car. Rolex has also designed and made 2 key instruments for BLOODHOUND’s cockpit, and this month we unveiled them in public for the first time.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

‘Data is key to pushing the boundaries – work out what you need and build it in from the start’. That was the advice we got from former NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong when he visited the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre back in 2010. This was very much our plan, but it was great to hear it confirmed by the first man to walk on the Moon. The reality seemed a long way off at the time, but suddenly it’s here and we’re building the sensors into BLOODHOUND SSC.

Monday, 31 March, 2014

The build programme for our 1000 mph Car marches on. BLOODHOUND SSC is the kit car from hell, with around 3500 bespoke components, plus fasteners (including 15,000+ rivets in the rear chassis alone). Of course, that doesn’t stop me greeting the team with a helpful ‘Hi guys – have you finished it yet?’ each time I go down there.

Tuesday, 25 February, 2014

Earlier this month I was speaking to a British Airways audience at their annual flight safety day.  My aim was to tell them how we set the first-ever supersonic record back in 1997, with Thrust SSC, and to talk about how we planned to get to 1000 mph with BLOODHOUND, safely.  It was also a useful chance for us to show our homework to a group of industry safety specialists – in this case 200 commercial pilots and aircraft engineers.  If there is something that we haven’t thought of yet, they will find it!  From my point of view, this is one of the great strengths of Project BLOODHOUND.  The more expert advice we have, the more confident we can be that we’re going in the right direction.

Friday, 24 January, 2014

The upper rear chassis is now being drilled off for riveting, with 12,000 rivets in total. Most of the frames in the upper chassis are aluminium, but Frame 1 (at the very back) is being manufactured by URT from high-temperature carbon composites.

Saturday, 28 December, 2013

Global interest in Project BLOODHOUND continues to grow. I’ve spent a fair bit of the last month overseas, promoting the world’s first 1000 mph Car, together with BLOODHOUND’s science and technology education programme.

Friday, 29 November, 2013

Great news from South Africa. The amazing network of high speed phone masts, built just for BLOODHOUND, is now complete. This is a huge commitment from MTN, the mobile phone company providing the network for us.

Friday, 11 October, 2013

It was exactly 30 years ago that Thrust 2 broke the World Land Speed Record – 633 mph – and brought the record back to Britain. Until then, it seemed that the US had taken the record away from us for good, with all their new-fangled jet and rocket technology. Fortunately for Britain, a certain Richard Noble decided that we should get it back. When he set the record in 1983, he reminded us (and the rest of the world) that Britain was still a world-beater.

Now, 30 years later, we’re building something that would go past Thrust 2 like it’s standing still. BLOODHOUND SSC, the world’s first 1000 mph Car. We have the best motorsports industry in the world (if you need proof, just have a look at where all the Formula 1 teams are based) and one of the best aerospace industries (see the RAF’s world-class new Typhoon aircraft for further details). BLOODHOUND is going to be product of both industries, with a bit of space technology thrown in. It’s another world champion in the making. Read more

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