Engineering Director Mark Chapman explains the hidden engineering behind BLOOD
Just a few weeks now until the BLOODHOUND team deploys the Car to Newquay for the first time. We’re planning to be down there before the end of September, to get the workshop set up in one of the old hardened aircraft shelters, ready to start testing at the beginning of October.
As we complete each piece of the BLOODHOUND SSC, the October runs at Newquay feel a little closer. The surprising part of this process is that there are a lot of engineering judgements to be made as we build up the Car.
As the Team prepares BLOODHOUND SSC for the runs at Newquay in October, it’s all go at the Technical Centre (BTC). Parts continue to arrive from suppliers and before long we should have all bespoke BLOODHOUND-designed parts necessary to build the Newquay-specific car configuration.
So the Car is really coming together, but there's a great deal still to do before the first turn of the jet engine. Things are definitely hotting up. Here’s some of the work that’s happened at the BTC in the last month….
The Team faced three main challenges when working out how to integrate the Eurojet EJ200 jet engine into BLOODHOUND, due to the significant differences between a fighter plane and a car:
At its simplest level the jet engine can be split into four basic sections
There are four main classes of jet engine:
Piece by piece, BLOODHOUND SSC is coming together. While the process is slow, it’s exciting to see more bits of the Car working for the first time, ready to start testing the Car later on this year.
Work has been continuing apace at the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre over the last month, where the main focus for the Team has been preparing the lower chassis and fuel tanks for a jet fuel systems test in mid-December. We have also been working on the upper chassis - and there's another busy month ahead.
After last month’s hugely successful public launch, we’re busy planning for next year’s trip to the desert.