National Composites Centre
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.
Great news this month, with the announcement of Jaguar as a main partner in our World Land Speed Record attempt. Jaguar has been involved in the Land Speed Record for over 30 years, supporting Thrust 2 in the 1980s and then helping Thrust SSC to the set the current supersonic record in 1997.
It was just over 3 years ago that Rolex became BLOODHOUND’s official timing partner. Their support has been invaluable in helping us to build the world’s first 1000 mph Car. Rolex has also designed and made 2 key instruments for BLOODHOUND’s cockpit, and this month we unveiled them in public for the first time.
This is the giant autoclave at the National Composites Centre in Bristol, it acts like a giant pressure cooker. After bonding and riveting the hundreds of components together, Bloodhound SSC's chassis was placed in the autoclave and heated to 85 degrees C for eight hours to cure the adhesives.