BLOODHOUND is Go!
The BLOODHOUND Team is delighted to announce that BLOODHOUND SSC will make its first ever public run on 26 October 2017 at Aerohub Enterprise Zone, Cornwall Airport Newquay. This will be part of a series of key development tests for the jet engine, Car and team, and takes place 20 years after Thrust SSC set the current World Land Speed Record of 763.035 mph.
When: Thursday 26 October (VIP day including 1K Club Gold members); Saturday 28 October (public open day); Monday 30 October (education day)
Where: Aerohub, Cornwall Airport Newquay, St Mawgan, Cornwall, TR8 4RQ
What will happen at Newquay
BLOODHOUND SSC is the world’s most advanced straight-line racing car. In October 2017, Wing Commander Andy Green, current holder of the World Land Speed Record, will drive the Car for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, putting it through its paces.
The runway trials will mark the culmination of a month of tests to prove the Car’s steering, brakes, suspension, data systems, and so on, as well as the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon. Thousands of visitors are expected to come and see history being made as BLOODHOUND SSC is driven at speeds of up to 200mph on the 1.7 mile (2.7km) runway.
Before it moves under its own power, BLOODHOUND SSC will first undergo several days of static ‘tie-down’ tests. The jet engine will be run up, with the Car chained to the ground, so that the performance of the Car’s bespoke air intake, fuel and electrical systems can be checked. All being well, dynamic testing will then follow on.
Assessing the jet engine intake
One key aspect is the low-speed capability of the jet engine intake, which is positioned above the cockpit. This is designed to work best at speeds over 800mph, so the Project’s engineers need to understand how it performs at very low speeds. They need to know how soon full power can be applied.
The ‘real world’ acceleration data will also enable Ron Ayers, BLOODHOUND’s Chief Aerodynamicist, to plan the sequence of runs in South Africa that, it is hoped, will result in a new record.
Driver and team first-hand experience
The Newquay Trials will also be Andy Green’s first opportunity to drive the Car and experience the steering feel, throttle and brake action, noise and vibration – aspects that can’t be simulated.
It takes a team to run BLOODHOUND SSC and this will be the first opportunity to train the support crew, as well as develop the Car’s operating procedures, prove and refine the safety protocols, and practice radio communications, before heading overseas in late 2018.
During tests, the Car will be powered by the jet engine alone and use wheels shod with pneumatic tyres, 84cm in diameter, that have come from an English Electric Lightning fighter, specially reconditioned by Dunlop. As the runway wheels and suspension are slightly thicker than the solid aluminium wheels that will be used in the desert, some sections of carbon fibre bodywork will not be fitted.
Richard Noble, BLOODHOUND’s Project Director, said, “The runway trials at Cornwall Airport Newquay will be the biggest milestone in the history of the Project so far. They will provide important data on the performance of the Car and give us a first opportunity to rehearse the procedures we’ll use when we go record breaking.
“Just as importantly, it is a way of saying ‘thank you’, to the schools, students, families and companies, big and small, who support The Project. We are proud to be waving a flag for British skills and innovation on a world stage but, most of all, this is about inspiring young people. Last year alone we directly engaged with over 100,000 students in the UK and we have already seen more students take up engineering as result of Project BLOODHOUND. With the Car running, we can showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the most exciting way possible. BLOODHOUND is Go!”
Gavin Poole, chairman of the Aerohub Enterprise Zone board and a board member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The BLOODHOUND team has already been using Aerohub to test components so we can’t wait to welcome the complete car. It will be very exciting to see the world leading engineering, aerodynamics, computing and jet engine moving at speed. BLOODHOUND is an inspirational project that is making the most of Cornwall’s excellent testbed facilities. We’re really looking forward to welcoming the BLOODHOUND team.”
Find out more and see BLOODHOUND SSC run
Find out details of the day on the BLOODHOUND IS GO! event page, and then visit bloodhoundssc.yourticketbooking.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
By buying a ticket you’re helping fund the Project and will witness a unique moment in history.
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