Alan 'Whippet' Lear
Over the last couple of weeks the BLOODHOUND Build Team have trial installed the EJ200 jet engine into the upper chassis and in turn, dropped the upper chassis onto the rest of the car.
The BLOODHOUND Build Team have trial fitted temporary plywood air brake doors to ensure the hinges align properly. It's quite tricky because the doors have a double compound curve (they have a 3 dimensional curve). The final doors will be manufactured from carbon fibre, foam and a little steel.
Members of the BLOODHOUND Build Team load the upper chassis into the giant Autoclave at the National Composites Centre. This is a huge pressure cooker that is used to cure the glue that, along with 11,500 aerospace rivets, holds the titanium skin to the aluminium ribs.
The BLOODHOUND Build Team have almost finished final assembly of upper chassis. Around 12,000 aerospace grade rivets were pulled last week as the team raced to fit and glue the titanium skin in place before the 'best before date' of the glue expires.
Last week the BLOODHOUND Build Team achieved a significant milestone in the build of the world’s most powerful racing car when they fitted its sate-of-the-art EJ200 jet engine for the first time.