British engineering team wants its R&D to be used to inspire a new generation of engineers

Richard Noble’s British engineering team behind the 1000mph Bloodhound SSC will share the full technical specification of its world land speed record challenger to help educate the next-generation of engineers.

The team, which claims Bloodhound will be capable of speeds up to 1050mph, wants to inspire a new generation of scientists, technology experts, mathematicians and engineers by exposing them to a real-world case study based on a jet- and rocket-powered car.

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It claims its open-source R&D progrmamme is unique compared to other advanced motorsport or aerospace engineering programmes, including Formula One, which are normally shrouded in secrecy.

World land speed record attempts are governed by few rules; those that do exist state the car must continually be controlled by a driver and must run on four wheels.

The team wants its Bloodhound specification and CAD design files to be used in schools and universities to help “bring science, technology, engineering and maths lessons to life”.

Read more on the launch of Bloodhound, including additional pics and technical information

Mark Chapman, chief engineer said. “It’s unheard of to share plans in this way in the motorsports or aerospace industry. That’s just one more reason why Bloodhound is exceptional and uniquely able to demonstrate the creativity and problem solving involved in engineering, especially at this level.

“We meet our extended team at events and shows across the country and people love to know the detail. Soon they’ll have enough information to build their own car!”

The team also said some Bloodhound components were now being manufactured and initial assembly will commence next year.

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12 August 2010

Can't wait to see Bloodhound run!


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