A PASSION FOR INNOVATION AND PUSHING BACK THE LIMITS
“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.”
1,000 MPH WITH A MISSION
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