Blood­hound SSC


The Luxury Collection - - Contents - ANDY GREEN // BLOOD­HOUND SSC DRIVER

“The BLOOD­HOUND Project is pri­mar­ily about bring­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy to life for a new gen­er­a­tion. We are ac­tu­ally try­ing to cre­ate an en­gi­neer­ing ad­ven­ture to push back the bound­aries of physics, to push back the lim­its of tech­nol­ogy and share it with a global au­di­ence. The way we are do­ing it is to build this, the world’s first 1,000 mph car, take it to South Africa and run it.”


BLOOD­HOUND SSC (Su­per­sonic Car) is a jet and rock­et­pow­ered ve­hi­cle de­vel­oped in the United King­dom with the aim of set­ting a new World Land Speed Record and break­ing the 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h) bar­rier. This high-tech­nol­ogy project is driven by an ed­u­ca­tional chal­lenge: to stim­u­late in­ter­est in sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing around the globe in the same man­ner as the Apollo space pro­gramme and other tech­no­log­i­cal feats in­spired a whole new gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cians.

The two fastest men on land are lead­ing the BLOOD­HOUND Project: Richard No­ble, Project Direc­tor and former record holder, and Andy Green, driver and cur­rent record holder. Be­tween them, they have held the World Land Speed Record for over 30 years.

Based at the BLOOD­HOUND Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre, a 2,000 squareme­tre fa­cil­ity in Bris­tol, the team will con­duct low-speed run­way test­ing with the ve­hi­cle at the Aero­hub, Newquay (UK) in 2015, once the man­u­fac­tur­ing and assem­bly are com­pleted, be­fore trav­el­ling to South Africa in 2016 for fur­ther test­ing and the World Land Speed Record at­tempts. The cho­sen ‘track’ is in South Africa, on the Hakskeen Pan. A 20-kilo­me­tre (12 mile) long strip has been cleared on this 150 square-kilo­me­tre hard and flat area of desert.

Rolex be­came one of the first part­ners of the Project in 2011, driven by a vi­sion shared with the BLOOD­HOUND Project: to push the lim­its of tech­nol­ogy and hu­man endeavour and to stim­u­late the in­ter­est of younger gen­er­a­tions in sci­ence and achieve­ment.


BLOOD­HOUND SSC’S slen­der body is al­most 14 me­tres long with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted ex­ter­nally within wheel fair­ings. This pi­o­neer­ing blend of car and air­craft tech­nol­ogy weighs nearly eight tonnes fully-fu­elled, and har­nesses the power


of three en­gines – jet, rocket and in­ter­nal com­bus­tion – that pro­duce more than 135,000 thrust horse­power – the equiv­a­lent of 180 For­mula 1® racing cars. Cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and ma­te­ri­als were de­ployed in its de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing.  135,000 THRUST HP Equiv­a­lent to 180 For­mula 1® cars

 1,050 MPH De­sign speed (1,690 km/h) 1.4 x speed of sound (Mach 1.4)

 55 SEC Ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0 to 1,000 mph 17 secs from 500 to 1,000 mph

 3 EN­GINES Jet: 9 t of thrust Rocket: 12 t of thrust Su­per­charged V8 en­gine: 550 bhp  1,540 FT/SEC. (470 me­tres/sec.) or 17.5 mi/min. (28 km/min.)

 -3G De­cel­er­a­tion force, equal to 66 mph to 0 (106 km/h to 0) in one sec­ond

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