Reinventing the wheel:
Also, video of owner Ian Warhurst & driver Andy Green are at the 2020 Autosport International Show to talk about their famous Bloodhound LSR land speed record car and the recent test runs in South Africa:
Andy Green: "We have proven we can run the car to 800mph comfortably."
From their FB page 30 min. ago:
"⚠️ Bloodhound has arrived safely back in the UK! 😃🙌🏽"
Back at the shop. From their FB page today:
"Back in our HQ, Bloodhound is being moved onto the surface plate, ready for reassembly into Desert Spec for our public open day on the 26th January. [Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bloodhound-lsr-open-day-26th…]
After that she’ll be dismantled for clean up and maintenance 🛠️⚙️"
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Arie Bras version posted at Land & Water Speed Record Modellers & Collectors:
"I was hoping to use a better camera, but one of the kids still had the memory cards, so not the best quality pictures but at least gives an impression of the modified Autodromo 1:64 Bloodhound"
That's impressive if it's really just 1/64!!!
From Bloodhound for those across the pond:
"YOU could be seeing Bloodhound LIVE at our factory this time next Sunday 😃
There are limited tickets remaining for our Bloodhound LSR Supporters' Club day on the 26th January!
Book your place today to see Bloodhound in person and hear all about testing."
Link for reservations:
by Matt Prior 19 January 2020
After storming to 628mph, the project has history in its sights. We sit down with its chief engineer and driver
"The project having been rescued from administration by Ian Warhurst, former owner of turbocharger company Melett, eight days into a retirement he abandoned late in 2018.
Since then, things have moved – if you’ll pardon the expression – quickly. The autumn test programme was only put into place last July. Here, in the words of Bloodhound LSR’s chief engineer, Mark Chapman, and Green, a former fighter pilot and the team’s mathematician, is what Bloodhound is, how you run it and how you drive it."
LEGO will consider building this great design by Brick by Brick Building if we can get it to 10,000 votes!
Vote on their website now to help turn this design into a reality that all Bloodhound LSR fans can enjoy:
Bloodhound LSR - still covered in dust from the Kalahari Desert!
And anyone coming to the open day on Sunday, 26th January: be warned, it’s cold in the workshop! ❄️
From their FB page:
"The team today confirmed plans to challenge for the world land speed record using a zero-emissions rocket!
Powered by concentrated hydrogen peroxide, the rocket will be used alongside the world’s best jet-fighter engine when the Bloodhound LSR car attempts to reach speeds beyond 800mph in South Africa in the third quarter of 2021."
The cleaning continues. From their FB page:
"The titanium floor has been removed for cleaning. Note the Kalahari dust has collected at the front sections of the pockets under heavy deceleration!"
Tomorrow (Sat.) the "Arctic Arrow" and driver Kurt Anderson will attempt to break the ice speed record in this rocket powered sled on a Frozen Lake in Manawa Wisconsin. They have already tested at about 260 mph last year in Ursunda Sweden when the carbide on the ski's started coming off.
Kurt Anderson's rocket powered Arctic Arrow completes it's first test run on the frozen lake.
VIDEO OF THE FIRST TEST SQUIRT:
2nd test run a success. Tomorrow, they go for it!
From Drag Racing Central"
"Kurt Anderson crashed the Arctic Arrow at Manawa WI at just over 241 mph as he passed the timing lights. The car spun 180 degrees sideways and than 360 degrees upside down. Although the car was completely bullet proof, both rear skis, one front ski and the tail ripped off in midair. The rollcage was completely intact and the main chute was pulled."
Video of crash posted by Buddy Rocketman Michaelson
^ lol, yeah, no wonder the record on ice hasn't hit 300 yet.
From Buddy Rocketman Michaelson:
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The clock is ticking again. This car has had more challenges off the track than on...
By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent
The UK-led bid to break the world land speed record is under threat once more.
Ian Warhurst, who owns the Bloodhound car that's been built to go beyond 800mph (1,290km/h), says new money must come into the project this month or it will be wound up.
Bloodhound clocked 628mph (1,010km/h) in trials last year while powered only by a jet engine.
With the addition of a rocket, the vehicle should easily beat the existing world record of 763mph (1,228km/h).
That won't happen, though, says the Yorkshire businessman, unless the financing is there to support it.
“If we miss our cool weather window in July and August, temperatures in the Kalahari will make running a rocket untenable next year.”
"The Clock is Ticking" for funding video just posted:
Maybe they should have went for the record while they were in Kalahari.
If the rocket was ready and installed, they probably had an extra 2-3 weeks at the most before the rains came.
At least the good Lord prepped the track for next year if the money is there.
I meant "just" topping the 763 record, which would have been "only" another 140, not going for the 1,000 mark. But I'm not sure what the limit of the jet engine is.
Into hibernation it goes...
We wish you and your family well during these exceptional and troubling times.
Following the successful high-speed testing in South Africa last October and November we have been focussed on securing sponsorship to fund the world Land Speed Record campaign. We had a finite timeline in which we had to secure investment in order to return to South Africa during cool weather in Q3 2021 to challenge for the LSR.
Discussions with a number of global brands were looking promising when COVID-19 struck and the sponsorship industry literally shutdown. This means our ability to raise the necessary funds in time and consequently the window to conduct the LSR campaign safely in 2021 is now very likely to be missed.
There is still some work to do to enable the car to reach speeds over 800mph, safely. The development the new zero carbon emission rocket, a revised jet fuel system, fitting winglets to the tail fin and building all the supporting ancillary equipment; trailers, etc, needed for fuelling the rocket and making two runs down the desert within an hour.
As a result, we are planning to go into hibernation to reduce the monthly overheads to an absolute minimum and we’ll reboot conversations with potential sponsors later in the year.
Many of you have suggested crowdfunding as an option and, whilst it won’t raise the £8m needed to complete the project, we will be launching a campaign later in the year to give us the vital funding to allow this final push for sponsorship and cover the costs of the unplanned hibernation period.
Thanks to popular demand we are producing some very limited-edition High Speed Testing liveried model cars. These will be available exclusively via the crowd funding campaign.
We will do our best to keep you entertained with more videos in our social media feeds during these exceptional times but most importantly, look after one another, stay home, stay safe!
Ian and the Bloodhound LSR team.
From The Bloodhound Project FB page:
Bloodhound Is Back!
Following a seven-month period of hibernation while the pandemic caused the global uncertainty, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project is back in business. The team has resumed the hunt for the final financial package needed to compete the development of the car, including the rocket system, and reasserted its intention to return to the Hakskeenpan desert racetrack, and set a new World Land Speed Record in excess of 800 mph.
Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound LSR CEO, enthused: “Now a global audience can see just what the car and this unique team is capable of. We’re seeking sponsors and high-net-worth individuals to help us move to the next phase and break some records!” He continued, “The project is at a stage where it either raises enough funds to carry out the record attempts, or it doesn’t, and will need to close down. There is no middle ground left. There is also a crucial timeline – the project needs to be in a position to continue by having funds in place by early 2021. This will allow the car to be developed further and completed in time for the weather window in July – September 2022. However, starting the project’s next phase will only be done once sufficient funds are held in an escrow account, and we have 100% confidence we are ready to move into the final record-breaking phase.” Read the full press release:
The Bloodhound team is thrilled to announce that the prime-time documentary detailing their successful 628mph (1010km/h) High Speed Testing campaign is scheduled to air on Channel 4 at 18:00 on Saturday, 14th November. Building The World’s Fastest Car, the hour-long programme follows the team’s fortunes as they deployed to the Kalahari Desert in South Africa for six weeks in autumn 2019.
Filmed on the Hakskeenpan desert, the programme charts the highs and lows as the team attempts to run the car on the desert racetrack, building speeds, and learning about the destructive impact of supersonic airflow, ahead of a concerted attempt to break the World Land Speed Record.
Works out in my favor to watch it on the east coast. Sunday, Nov. 15th at 8:15 p.m. est. Unfortunately, for the people in the U.K., Monday Nov. 16th at 1:15 a.m. Kinda like us trying to catch a NHRA race when it was on ESPN.
Documentary now online for 30 days:
... meanwhile the Aussie Invader continues to make progress.
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