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Bloodhound SSC

When visiting Santa Pod this easter, I saw a car that the owners said would soon be the fastest car on the planet, as it hopes to break the world land speed record, by soaring to a speed of over 1000mph! That means that it would be able to outrun any animal on the planet, and most other man made things, including a bullet being shot out of a gun!

A handy car for James Bond don't you think?

The car is going to be propelled by two things, a EJ200, which is the engine used in the Eurofighter Typhoon and a Falcon rocket. These two devices will produce over 135,000 horsepower, that's 180 times more than a Formula 1 car.
Open QuoteThe primary objective of the project is to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and maths - by demonstrating how they can be harnessed to achieve the seemingly impossible.Close Quote
Source: Bloodhound SSC Website

The car has a huge jet intake, which is directly above the drivers head, meaning that it will be stupidly noisy. To add to the noise, the wheels will be rotating at 10,000 revolutions a minute, to help the car reach its maximum speed.

My sponsor, Discus Group, have sponsored this project, and will have their web address printed on tail fin of the car. Please click to see the official sponsorship of the Bloodhound SSC project certificate (1.01 MB).

Front of Bloodhound SSC Because the project is aimed to inspire and educate, the bloodhound team have set up an education programme, in which there are currently over 3,000 schools already engaged in. The project uses the vehicle as an aid for teaching technology, science and maths, which I believe is a great way to inspire young people. There is a very famous saying which I think covers this style of learning "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

The Bloodhound Project have some really great animation videos that you can find on their YouTube channel, and I really recommend that you have a look at them. One of these fantastic videos shows the car racing a Eurofighter. At first the Eurofighter seems to be winning, but it all turns around when the car engages its rocket, much to the surprise of the jets pilot!

Good luck to the Bloodhound in its attempt to smash the land speed record, I am sure it will be successful!

Links: Easter Weekend Holiday Diary Day 2 (includes Bloodhound SSC) - Bloodhound SSC

Posted By: Christopher (Admin)
Date posted: 21st July 2010

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