Bloodhound LSR (1000 MPH Car)

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Is Bloodhound SSC really a "car"?

Yes. It has wheels and moves on the ground.
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No. It's wheels are unpowered/I'm an envious American.
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Uncertain.
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Don't Care ("I'm vegan and only ride a bicycle instead because I hate all dirty motorised transport.")
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Total votes: 21

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Bloodhound LSR (1000 MPH Car)

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Introduction
Bloodhound SSC is a British supersonic land vehicle currently in development. Its goal is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h) achieving a new world land speed record. The pencil-shaped car, powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine is designed to reach 1,050 miles per hour (1,690 km/h). It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever margin.

Runway testing of up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) is scheduled to take place in early 2016. Bloodhound SSC will then be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa where a track 12 miles (19 km) long, 2 miles (3.2 km) wide has been cleared.
Official Website: http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/


Development
The project was announced on 23 October 2008 at the Science Museum in London by Lord Drayson - then Minister of Science in the UK's Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills - who in 2006 first proposed the project to Richard Noble and Andy Green (the two men, between them, have held the land speed record since 1983).

Richard Noble, engineer, adventurer, and former paint salesman, reached 633 mph (1,019 km/h) driving turbojet-powered car named Thrust2 across the Nevada desert in 1983. In 1997, he headed the project to build the ThrustSSC, driven by Andy Green, an RAF pilot, at 763 mph (1,228 km/h), thereby breaking the sound barrier, a record first for a land vehicle (in compliance with Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile rules).

The task of driving the Bloodhound will fall to Wing Commander Green, who will lie feet-first in the Bloodhound SSC. As the car accelerates from 0 to 1,000 mph (0 to 1,609 km/h) in 42 seconds, he will experience a force of approximately 2.5g (two-and-a-half times his body weight).

To slow the vehicle, Green will deploy airbrakes at 800 mph (1,300 km/h) , parchutes at 600mph (965km/h) and with disc brakes used below 250 mph (400 km/h). As he decelerates, he will experience a force of up to 3g.

The project was originally fully based in the former Maritime Heritage Centre on the Bristol harbourside, located next to Brunel's SS Great Britain. The construction will remain in Bristol but the head offices of the project moved to Didcot in Oxfordshire in late 2015.


Design
Aerodynamics
The College of Engineering at Swansea University has been heavily involved in the aerodynamic shape of the vehicle from the start. Professor Oubay Hassan, Professor Ken Morgan and their team have used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to provide an understanding of the aerodynamic characteristics of the proposed shape, at all speeds, including predicting the likely vertical, lateral and drag forces on the vehicle and its pitch and yaw stability. This technology, originally developed for the aerospace industry, was validated for a land-going vehicle during the design of ThrustSSC. It was this involvement with the previous land speed record that prompted Richard Noble to approach Swansea in April 2007 for their help with this latest challenge. Swansea University's School of the Environment and Society was also enlisted to help determine a new test site for the record as the test site for the ThrustSSC record attempt has become unsuitable.

Engines
A prototype Eurojet EJ200 jet engine developed for the Eurofighter and bound for a museum, was donated to the project. This will take the car to 300 mph (480 km/h), after which a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by Nammo will boost the car up to 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). A third engine, a Jaguar supercharged V-8, will be used as an auxiliary power unit and to drive the oxidizer pump for the rocket.

Development testing of the initial Bloodhound SSC hybrid rocket motor was conducted by Daniel Jubb of The Falcon Project with tests conducted in 2008-2013. Publicly disclosed tests were conducted in 2009 and 2012, including a run at Newquay Airport in the UK. In addition Daniel Jubb designed, manufactured and test fired a full diameter 18" monopropellant HTP thruster for the subsonic ground tests for Bloodhound SSC. "The Bloodhound team had been developing its own hybrid power unit in collaboration with Manchester-based Falcon Project Ltd, and gave this rocket its first UK test firing in October 2012. And although this demonstration was deemed a success at the time, it became clear that considerable sums of money and time would be needed to perfect the design." "Nammo will have test firings next year in Raufoss and when we get the data off those we can decide on precisely what the packaging requirements will be," said Mr Chapman, Bloodhound's chief engineer.

The Nammo hybrid rocket will be fueled by liquid high-test peroxide and solid hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene.

Wheels
The four 36-inch (910 mm) diameter wheels will rotate at up to 10,200 rpm and will be forged from solid aluminium to resist the 50,000 g centrifugal forces.


Construction
Engineers produced the scale model which was exhibited at the launch, and will integrate the engineering behind the car into its curriculum, working with design team, led by Chief Engineer Mark Chapman. The car will be built at a site in Bristol. The site will include an educational centre. A full scale model was unveiled at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow, when it was announced that Hampson Industries would begin to build the rear chassis section of the car in the first quarter of 2011 and that a deal for the manufacture of the front of the car was due. Chief Engineer Mark Chapman says, "We aim to shake down the vehicle on a runway in the UK at the beginning of 2013."


Education
The Bloodhound Project is first and foremost an education project designed to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible. The education programme covers all phases (ages) of education from primary through to secondary and further education, plus Bloodhound@University. Any school, teacher, youth group or home educated family in the world can register their details on the Bloodhound SSC website and download the free curriculum resource materials. Education institutions in the UK or South Africa can request a visit from a member of the Bloodhound education team or STEM Ambassador who will work alongside a teacher and deliver a presentation on the project. The Bloodhound education programme is also working with other STEM interventions and initiatives to ensure the Project reaches as many schools as possible. These include F1 in Schools (Bloodhound Class), the Smallpiece Trust, Primary Engineer, Science Made Simple and Young Engineers.

Project ownership
Development stalled in October 2018 when it was announced that the company backing the project, Bloodhound Programme Ltd., had gone into administration, leaving a funding gap of £25 million, which put the venture's future into question.

The project was "axed" in December 2018, with plans to sell off the remaining assets, but later that month Yorkshire entrepreneur Ian Warhurst stepped in to rescue the project by buying the assets and intellectual property, including the car itself, for an undisclosed sum.

In March 2019, it was announced that Warhurst had formed a new company called Grafton LSR Ltd., which became the car's legal owner. The company said in a statement that Warhurst was trying to save the project with new sponsors and partners, and added that the survival and restart of the project was looking "very promising."

2019
The name of the new team became “Bloodhound LSR” (for Land Speed Record). In late March 2019, the car moved to SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College in Berkeley, Gloucestershire near Gloucester. Preparations are being made for test runs at Hakskeen using only the Rolls-Royce EJ200 engine with an expectation of reaching 400-500 miles per hour (800 km/h).

2018 Specs:
Manufacturer: Bloodhound Company Ltd, Didcot
Assembly: Bloodhound Technical Centre, Bristol
Engine: Rolls-Royce Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan, Nammo HTP hybrid rocket, Jaguar Land Rover V8 engine (HTP pump)
Wheelbase: 8.9 m (29 ft)
Length: 12.9 m (42 ft)
Width: 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Height: 3.0 m (9.8 ft)
Kerb weight: 6,422 kg (14,158 lb) (fuelled)

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Newquay 2017 - First public 200 MPH test runs successful!

Test Run 1 - 1:00:00
Test Run 2 - 1:06:50
Andy Green interview - 1:21:45





(BBC News)
The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has conducted its first public runs.

Using just the thrust of its jet engine, the vehicle raced to 200mph (320km/h) down the runway at Newquay Airport in southwest England.
Ultimately, Bloodhound will be fitted with a rocket motor as well so that it can go 1,000mph (1,610km/h).

That will not happen for two to three years, but the Newquay tests have given the team confidence that the car can achieve its designed performance.
Driven by RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, Bloodhound SSC made two trips down Newquay's 1.7-mile (2.7km) runway.

More than 3,000 VIPs and supporters club members were in attendance to see the Eurofighter EJ200 jet engine take the vehicle from a standing start to 200mph in about nine seconds. As well as the ear-splitting noise, the crowd was treated to the bright glare of the engine on reheat.

These "slow-speed" trials are really at the limit of what can be done here in the UK. To go faster, Bloodhound will have to go abroad. Next year, it hopes to be on Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa. This dried-out lake bed is super-flat and extends for 12 miles (19km), providing ample space to get up to some very high speeds and then slow and stop safely. Testing in Newquay these past few weeks makes the team believe the car can go 650mph (1,050km/h) with just the EJ200.

That is not enough to break the world land speed record (763mph/1,227km/h), but it would take the vehicle into a performance region where engineers would learn a lot more about its capabilities. At over 400mph, the wheels can no longer turn as fast as the car moves and act more like the rudders on a boat. And at 650mph, some of the airflows over Bloodhound's body would approach the sound barrier.

This is all knowledge needed to go 800mph in 2019, and then up to 1,000mph in 2020 - when the rocket technology becomes available. This is currently being developed by the Norwegian aerospace and defence company Nammo. The Scandinavian firm expects to have two versions available for Bloodhound. The first - a so-called monopropellant motor - should provide sufficient thrust to set a new land speed record. The second - what is termed a hybrid motor - will be even more powerful and will be incorporated into Bloodhound following some aerodynamic upgrades to its rear end.

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I had the opportunity to get in the cockpit of the thrust II.

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If anyone's wondering why Bloodhound appeared to have body fairings missing around the wheels, they were removed for the larger sized rubber tyres for the runway runs. The Bloodhound's fairings were made for the smaller diameter solid metal "tyres" for desert runs.

Here are the "real" solid aluminium wheels being tested in South Africa back in 2013


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Poll added to thread. Inspired by toxic Youtube comments.
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Wow, the comments on those videos are truly something else.

"Why aren't they using the flats in America?"
"This isn't a real car you cheaters!"
"This'll never ever work"

You can hear the envy.

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RetroSicotte wrote:"Why aren't they using the flats in America?"
Because multiple annual "Burning Man" festivals there have ruined a perfectly flat surface. So Bloodhound SSC's team have had to choose South Africa instead.

Oxford English Dictionary:

"Car - A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal-combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people"

Jet and rocket engines are by definition a type of internal combustion engine. This car has 4 wheels. Andy Green counts as a "small number of people", in this case, one.

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The Bloodhound team's reasons they state in some of those comments seems to imply a somewhat more scientific reason. The flats are too hard for the wheels, while Africa has a softer surface with some 'cushioning'.

The main reason seems to be the window though. Weather wise the flats have maybe 6 weeks, but the African site has 6 months available.

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The company behind Bloodhound SSC has gone into financial administration....
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45838994

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Bloodhound supersonic car project axed. The car itself is up for sale for £250,000.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-46480342

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Legitimately blew my awful morning blues out the water with delight.

Amazing to hear.

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SKB wrote:
RetroSicotte wrote:"Why aren't they using the flats in America?"
Because multiple annual "Burning Man" festivals there have ruined a perfectly flat surface.
Rubbish!
Burning Man (NV) is in a different State than Bonneville (UT).

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It was a few years ago, but I remember them saying that the African flats were in a better condition than the US one's.

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Bloodhound SSC has had a new paintjob and been renamed as Bloodhound LSR (Land Speed Record) since its new owner, Yorkshire entrepreneur Ian Warhurst stepped in to rescue the project by buying the assets and intellectual property, including the car itself, for an undisclosed sum.

In late March 2019, the car moved to SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Preparations are being made for test runs at Hakskeen using only the Rolls-Royce EJ200 engine with an expectation of reaching 400-500 miles per hour (800 km/h)

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(Bloodhound LSR) 27th October 2019
Day 9 in the Hakskeenpan and Bloodhound completed Run Profile One: A static engine test, followed by a very slow speed (max 100 mph) check of the steering and brakes. It's great to be out of the chocks ready to move on to higher speeds.


(Bloodhound LSR) 28th October 2019
Operations Director Martin Roper talks us through the team's preparations for Run Day 2 and the tricky weather conditions on the Hakskeenpan #2019HST.


(Bloodhound LSR) 5th November 2019
The Bloodhound LSR car nearly reached the 500mph milestone today, hitting 491mph (790km/h). It was the sixth run down the desert for the car, which is being pushed faster each time by driver and current World Land Speed Record owner Andy Green.

The team is gathering vital data from each run to prepare the car for its World Land Speed Record attempt next year, when it hopes to break the current record of 763mph.

Andy said: “The aim of today was to measure the slowdown, from 500 down to 200, to measure the aerodynamic drag. We've got all that data, and now it’s time to crunch the numbers."


(Bloodhound LSR) 7th November 2019
Watch as the team completes run profile 6 and goes 501mph with a double chute deployment.

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Bloodhound exceeds 600 mph in final test run of 2019.

(Bloodhound LSR) 18th November 2019
Bloodhound LSR completed high speed testing with V Max 628mph / 101kmh
http://www.bloodhoundlsr.com/

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