Saturday, July 24, 2010

WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD CHALLENGER

Boasting the “power” of 180 F1 cars, BLOODHOUND SSC pilot Andy Green is shooting for 0 to 1,000 mph in just 42 seconds!
 The BLOODHOUND Project is a World Land Speed Record attempt with a secondary mission: Inspire young people to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. They are showcasing them in the most exciting way possible – by building a racecar capable of reaching 1,000 mph. To date, 1.5 million school children are enrolled in the BLOODHOUND Education Program.

An EJ200 engine will be used to power BLOODHOUND SSC during 0 to 300 mph desert testing in 2012. Prior to being put on show recently, it was driven to full power on reheat in a series of controlled bench tests, producing a maximum thrust of 90 kN (20,000 lbf) with no problems.

Having completed its life as a development engine for the Typhoon program, it is now on loan to the BLOODHOUND Team. It will partner the largest hybrid rocket ever designed in Europe to produce a combined thrust of 212 kN (47,500 pounds) – the equivalent of 180 F1 cars – and propel driver Andy Green from 0 to 1,000 mph in 42 seconds.

“Seeing our EJ200 run on the test bed was an amazing sight, and marks a significant milestone in the development of BLOODHOUND SSC,” said Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer. “There's a feeling in the team that everything is starting to become very real and that BLOODHOUND SSC no longer exists just on a computer screen.”

For the latest on BLOODHOUND SSC, check out
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/07/bloodhound-ssc-unveiled/

For more information about the BLOODHOUND SSC Engineering Adventure, please visit http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/

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