Will Bloodhound beat the odds?
Knowing the problems associated with flying in the transonic speed region, and concerned about doing this on the ground, Schalk Verwey, Landy fanatic and our resident rocket scientist ( no, really) puts the numbers through his machine and gives his take o
Jokes from within Bloodhound’s engineering team are that there’s an easy way, a hard way and then there is the Bloodhound way. But what will happen at Hakskeen Pan in 2015? Will we see Richard Noble and his team fail at the record attempt or will we see history being made?
According to Richard Noble, they have measured out a 20 km track with an acceleration distance of 10.45 km. The car would thus reach top speed in roughly half the length of the track and would need to stop in less in order to leave some spare for possible errors in calculations. Accelerating to top speed in 10.45 km will require an average acceleration of approximately 1 g. With the car weighing in at round 7.8 tons, an average force of 7.5 tons would be required just for acceleration. In order to overcome the massive drag towards the end, it would need some 20- plus tons of thrust.