Date set for the Bloodhound SSC record attempt

Bloodhound carOne month on from our last post about Bloodhound, the date for the first record attempt has been set. October 2017 will see the first land speed record attempt for 20 years.

The signing of a major deal means that the project has now secured funding to complete the car and start preparing for their testing in South Africa next year.

When Bloodhound went on display in 2015 it was as a trial build and without fluids. This was done to make sure that the 35,000 individual and bespoke parts actually fitted together. Brackets were checked to see if they were in the right places leaving enough room for service and maintenance activity as well as checking the tolerance of manufactured parts. Continue reading

Bloodhound inspiring scientists and engineers of the future

Rear of bloodhound carAt the end of April the Bloodhound Education team, combined with the BBC micro:bit project launched a huge competition for secondary school children; The Model Rocket Car Challenge.

Supported by the army and Microsoft among others, and forming part of the Guinness World record rocket car challenge, school teams are challenged to make foam rocket cars and race them through approved tracks; the aim of course, to be the fastest!

The races are being organised through the network of Bloodhound hubs and will see a series of regional heats that will lead up to a final at the end of June at the Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire. The winners will spend a day watching Bloodhound test runs as well as securing a financial prize for their school. Continue reading

How the Bloodhound SSC World Land Speed Project Inspires

In the modern of age of technology and innovation, it might seem as though there is no real need to offer any more inspiration than what currently exists naturally all around us. Yet in reality, when different groups are all chasing the same goals fierce competition can result.  This can be considered a positive factor but it can also lead to missteps and a stagnant footing for some. This can hamper innovation and the creative mind. Continue reading

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