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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

Friday, 29 April, 2011

The refinement of BLOODHOUND SSC’s design continues.  We are still working on the final stability balance for the Car, looking for the so-called ‘positive yaw static margin’.  In other words, we need to have the aerodynamic centre behind the centre of gravity, so that – just like a dart – the fi

Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

With the chassis now in manufacture, there are a lot of design details that we need to sort out in the next few months.  The most urgent of these is increasing the ‘yaw static margin’.  What’s that when it’s at home?  In very simple terms, it’s making sure that the fin is big enough to keep the

Thursday, 24 February, 2011

I flew out to Daytona, Florida for the weekend, to act as the ‘Grand Marshal’ for the Rolex Daytona 24 hr race.  The amazing thing was the Americans’ response to BLOODHOUND.  Everyone out there seemed to know about it and were dying to know more.  It even made the racing drivers stop and think w

Monday, 17 January, 2011

A Happy New Year to you all.  I don’t know about you, but we’re excited by what the next few months will bring.  After nearly 4 years of planning, research and design, we’re starting to build the world’s first 1000 mph Car. 

Thursday, 9 December, 2010

The engineering team remains hugely busy with the detailed design of the Car.  We are still on course to start manufacturing the chassis next month, so there’s a real buzz in the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre down in Bristol. 

Tuesday, 9 November, 2010

The end of the year is getting closer and work continues flat-out to finish the chassis design, before manufacture starts in the New Year. 

Friday, 8 October, 2010

The Pressure Mounts

Wednesday, 15 September, 2010

‘The BLOODHOUND Genome’

August is normally a really quiet month, where nothing happens because everyone is on holiday.  So why are we still so busy, with several commercial deals being discussed last month?  I don’t know, but it’s a nice problem to have – we must be doing something right.

Friday, 6 August, 2010

July has been a fantastically busy month for us, with major public shows every weekend.  The whole team is exhausted, but still buzzing – it is incredibly stimulating to meet thousands of people who are genuinely excited about the world’s first 1000 mph Car. 

Monday, 12 July, 2010

There’s so much going on at the moment that I don’t know where to begin.  Four months ago we were still wrestling with a 5-tonne Car that developed 10 tonnes of lift at 1000 mph (which, from point of view as the driver, is really not a good thing).  Solving this problem for a Car travelling at o

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

The highlight of the past month has been the design conference at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre in Bristol.  The rate of progress in the last few weeks has been dizzying:

Sunday, 16 May, 2010

We’ve been talking about the move from ‘research programme’ to ‘build phase’ for the last few months.  Having proved that we can build the world’s first 1000 mph Car, it’s time to get on with it.  For reasons I can’t really explain, the change has happened quite suddenly and noticeably.  In military terms, we’re now on a ‘war footing’ – the preparation is largely over and it’s time for action!   

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