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Brian Coombs

Engineering Lead - Mechanical Design

From an early age I had always enjoyed working on my dad's racing cars so when I left school in 1988 without particularly good exam results I decided to pursue my interest in engineering.

After studying for a BTEC First in Mechanical Engineering and an EITB certificate in machining skills I worked as a toolmaker while completing a BTEC ONC mechanical engineering course at Hertford Regional College.

After completing the HND in Automotive engineering at Coventry University in 1995 I started working for Xtrac motorsport transmissions as a Design Engineer.

I left Xtrac in 1999 to work for Ray Mallock Ltd. My first project at RML was to design a 2 litre sports racing car, which won every race in its first season. I later became involved in he design of the Saleen S7 GTS Le Mans car, and the Corsa rally car for Opel.

In 2003 I began working for Jaguar F1 Racing/Red Bull Racing as a Transmission Design Engineer, but after a few years decided Formula 1 was not for me so I left and moved to the west coast of Ireland with my wife and daughter.

Following the move I applied for a job with Visioneering and John Piper designing the JCB Dieselmax land speed record car. Since then I have worked as a freelance design engineer on many fascinating projects for companies large and small.

Related Articles

Brake disc spin test

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 - 12:46
Getting to 1,000 mph is relatively easy, slowing down safely before you run out of desert is much more of a challenge. 
 
At 1,000 mph there will be 15 tonnes of drag pushing against the car.
When the jet and rocket engines are switched off BLOODHOUND will rapidly decelerate to 800 mph at which point the air brakes will start to be deployed. They will open out into the airflow and maintain 3G deceleration (the equivalent of you going from 60 mph - 0 in one second - for 20 seconds). 
 

Brake disc spin test

Monday, 31 March, 2014 - 09:36

This is a brake disc spin test. Getting to 1,000 mph is relatively easy, slowing down safely before you run out of desert is much more of a challenge. At 1,000 mph there will be 15 tonnes of drag pushing against the car. When the jet and rocket engines are switched off BLOODHOUND will rapidly decelerate to 800 mph at which point the air brakes will start to be deployed.

The lower rear chassis story

Wednesday, 12 June, 2013 - 14:47

Engineering and Product Sponsorship Lead Conor La Grue reports on the build of BLOODHOUND's rear lower chassis:

It has been an incredibly exciting period for all the team as the rear lower chassis has been completed. This was the culmination of 30 months of effort by a huge number of individuals and companies and I have to start by saying - thanks Team!  The build of BLOODHOUND SSC is utterly dependent on the huge value brought by our Product Sponsors that are helping bring this car to life.

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