March 20, 2018

Bloodhound supersonic vehicle on display during test

28 October 2017, 12:48 | Kenneth Drake

Image Wing Commander Andy Green set the current world record and is back hoping to break it. Pic Bloodhound SSC

Bloodhound SSC with Wing Commander Andy Green in the driving seat. Pic Bloodhound SSC

The latest British attempt to tackle the world land speed record has undergone its first public tests. See PA story TRANSPORT Bloodhound.

More than 3,000 spectators saw it accelerate from 0-200mph in 8sec.

Today's trails are testing the car's steering, brakes, suspension, and data systems.

The team behind the vehicle say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One auto and a spaceship. The "Bloodhound Supersonic Car", which is fitted with a Eurofighter jet engine has been in development for nine years.

But that test, planned for a dry lake bed in South Africa, won't happen until at least 2020 - though the Bloodhound team said today's dry run gave them confidence that the auto could eventually achieve the goal.

'Last year alone we directly engaged with over 100,000 students in the United Kingdom and we have already seen more students take up engineering as result of Project Bloodhound.

In 1997, Andy was the driver for the Thrust SSC team as they set the current record of 763mph.

The engineering behind the Bloodhound SSC is fascinating.

Andy grew up in Hartlepool in the 1970s and went to what is now High Tunstall College of Science.

"I discovered during the initial dynamic tests that to get the auto to 200mph, I would have to take my foot off the throttle at 130mph as it then carries on accelerating for another 2 seconds".

This morning at Newquay Aerohub, Cornwall, the auto will undergo 200mph trials.

It also aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by visiting schools nationwide.

Wing Commander Andy Green checks the vehicle before his run. Two back to back runs, the longest runs we've done, the highest speeds we've done, the most energy going into the brakes. "I discovered during the initial dynamic tests that to get the auto to 200mph, I would have to take my foot off the throttle at 130mph as it then carries on accelerating for another two seconds". "I'm designed for supersonic speed, but this I can do easily".

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