shaketown dave wrote: »
skinny,treaded tires rated to 1000 mph?i'm confused slug
HEMI_guy wrote: »
Where are they testing? What are their goals and objectives with this testing there?
slugbelch wrote: »
There's a new 1,000 mph contender in town!
There's sad news from the UK this morning, and it doesn't even involve Brexit. (Actually, it does, sort of.) Bloodhound SSC, the land speed record car that's been designed to break the 1,000mph limit, has entered administration (a process similar to bankruptcy in the US). This isn't the final outcome for the project, but Bloodhound SSC does need to raise about $33 million (£25 million) in order to see things through to completion. And as if fate were not cruel enough, the announcement comes 21 years and a day after the last successful land speed record attempt, one that involved many of the same people.
...the uncertainty over the impending disintegration of the British economy thanks to Brexit has meant other corporate backers have been thin on the ground.
Hopefully the administrators will find a backer to take the car to South Africa, in which case we may very well see it break 1,000mph. Should the worst happen, we can at least be content to know that the STEM engagement aspect of the project has been highly successful.
Mark Chapman, chief engineer, Project Bloodhound, said: "Bloodhound has had enormous success in creating the world’s most advanced land vehicle.
"As we now move out of the R&D phase and into the operational phase of the project, we recognise that we need a different approach to funding. This project is built around the most successful team in the history of Land Speed Racing, and with the right support we have no doubt that the project will achieve its aims and could be racing for the record in as little as ten months"
From their FB page June 25:
AP Racing Continues With Bloodhound Braking Support
Nothing on this car is normal – and the design brief for the disc brakes is no exception.
Bloodhound’s primary high speed braking systems are the air brakes and parachutes. The disc brakes are then used at the very end of each high speed run to actually stop the vehicle. They can only be used below 200mph as the heat energy created above these speeds is simply too high. Indeed, one of the reasons Andy has a speedometer in the car is to ensure he doesn’t apply them too early. However, while he won’t use them above 200mph, they still need to be capable of coping with the maximum vehicle speed, which is obviously much faster – meaning they have to be OK spinning up to around 10,500rpm.
Full and more detailed story on this piece:
After it went into administration (bankruptcy), the car, and only the car, was going to be put up for sale for a poultry $315K:
Someone stepped up and bought the whole operation and team:
... and WE ARE BACK ON AGAIN FULL STEAM! 😎
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