The Bloodhound Project Tony Parraman

Tony Parraman

Head of Sponsor Liaison

My name is Tony Parraman, I was born in North Wembley, not far from the Stadium. I went to Harrow High Grammar School for boys, not a total success. After a short spell in the RAF and working in a Hardware store, and travelling around Europe in a transit van, I went back into education and studied for an OND and HND in engineering. This allowed me to get a design engineers job, working for a company that made detectors for electron microscopes. I then moved onto to work for Lucas CAV. Having worked for Lucas for 3 years I went around the world for a year, teaching English in Japan for 6 months.

When I returned from my trip, I retrained as a Design Technology teacher and taught in 2 schools in Oxfordshire. I stopped working as a teacher to look after my daughter. I then developed a small building company making furniture and fitting kitchens. I now work on the BLOODHOUND project.

Having run the shows side of the project, I have changed my role. I am now the Head of Sponsor Liaison, which means I am talking to sponsors that have already signed up on a day to day basis.

This project is a once in a life time opportunity to be involved in something that will always be part of British engineering heritage.

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Bott – Equipping BLOODHOUND’s workshop

Friday, 3 February, 2017 - 15:25

In the second of a regular series of articles about our sponsors, we hear from Bott Ltd – provider of workshop storage solutions for the BLOODHOUND Technical Centre – about why and how it is involved in the Project. Bott also tells of a highly successful joint educational event at one of its sites and how it helped BLOODHOUND solve a tricky engineering problem.

The Bloodhound Project: a 1000mph Land Speed Record?

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014 - 14:23

When: Wed 10th December 2014
Where: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ

A lecture by Tony Parraman, Head of Sponsor Liaison.

BLOODHOUND SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph). It has a slender body of approximately 14m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs over 7 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower - more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together!

The design is looking to beat the current world record holder (Thrust SSC) who travelled at an average speed of 763mph.
So when and where is it going to take place?  What have the challenges been?  Why does it matter?

Come along to this event to find the answers to these questions, in this overview of all aspects of the BLOODHOUND project. To keep you on the edge of your seat, think about these amazing facts:

  • 0 - 1,000mph in just 55 seconds
  • Bloodhound SSC has 25,000hp more than the QE2
  • 3.6 seconds  -the time taken to do the flying mile
  • The temperature in the rocket is twice as hot as the inside of a volcano.


Latest: We understand that this event is now fully booked, but the IET are taking details in case of places becoming free.

For more information, please see the IET website

Sponsors add lift

Monday, 24 March, 2014 - 18:00

BLOODHOUND attracts amazing sponsors from a diverse range of industries. This eight tonne, six wheeled support vehicle is one of two loaned by Supacat and the incredible lifts which support it are supplied by Somers Totalkare.

Chantrey Vellacott DFK partner with BLOODHOUND SSC

Wednesday, 31 July, 2013 - 17:28

Chantrey Vellacott DFK partner with BLOODHOUND SSC

Chartered accountancy and business advisory firm Chantrey Vellacott DFK has been announced as a new partner of Bloodhound SSC (SuperSonic Car).
BLOODHOUND SSC is an extraordinary project, designed to push engineering and science beyond the boundaries of current technology, inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through education, and attempt to set a new World Land Speed Record of 1,000 mph.

Breaking the connectivity barrier with Virgin Media Business

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013 - 14:03

BLOODHOUND SSC's Bristol-based headquarters needed a communication system that could keep pace with the demands of designing, building and testing a supersonic car. Virgin Media Business has installed a 1Gb fibre optic network, giving BLOODHOUND's team of engineers the technology they need to share their success, and educate the next-generation of scientists at over 5000 schools from across the country.