Video footage of Bloodhound's fighter jet power source has been released ahead of its first 200mph run, which will take place this month
Steve Cropley Autocar
3 October 2017

The EJ200 jet engine of the Bloodhound SSC, Britain’s 1000mph world land speed record challenger, has been filmed testing in the run up to the car's first 200mph drive.

The test, shown in the video below, precedes initial speed tests that are due in the UK on 26 October, with the world’s fastest man of the past 20 years, Wing Commander Andy Green, at the wheel for the first time.

Green and his team plan to run the jet and rocket-powered car at up to 200mph, using its EJ200 Eurofighter engine on the main runway at Newquay Airport, Cornwall. The runs will evaluate the car’s steering, brakes, suspension and data systems, while also measuring the efficiency of the air intake that feeds the EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon.

If the tests on Newquay’s 1.7-mile runway are successful, Bloodhound will be shipped to its specially prepared 11-mile track at Hakskeen Pan in north-western South Africa, for the first of two high-speed campaigns. At the first, backers hope to top 800mph, beating Green’s previous mark (set 20 years earlier, on 15 October 1997, in Thrust SSC) of 763.065mph. 

Next year, the Bloodhound crew will add extra rocket motors and treble the power to set a 1000mph land speed record - the project’s ultimate objective. 

“Our first target at Newquay will be first to make sure all systems are working properly,” said chief engineer Mark Chapman earlier this year, “and then to run tests to decide the speed at which we can apply full throttle. Jet engine intakes are designed to work best at speed, and there’s a threshold at which they can accept full throttle. It’s important to know it because it affects how much track you use up before the car can start accelerating in earnest.”

Project director Richard Noble, himself a former land speed record holder, called the Newquay runway trials “the biggest milestone in the history of the project so far”, because they provide the team with its first opportunity to rehearse the procedures that will be used for Bloodhound's serious record runs.

Noble said the Bloodhound team also see the runway trials as a way of thanking the schools, students, families and companies who have supported their project, which stalled for almost a year due to a shortage of finance until Chinese car maker Geely - owner of Volvo, the London Taxi Company and now Lotus and Proton - agreed to become Bloodhound’s “lead partner” and to finance the 1000mph project to its conclusion.  

The exact speed Bloodhound achieves at Newquay will depend on its ability to stop, says Chapman. For the first tests, the car will be equipped with carbon disc brakes and wheels with Dunlop rubber tyres from an English Electric Lightning fighter aircraft, but for the higher-speed runs - during which the wheels will turn at up to 10,200rpm, or 170 times per second - it will have solid aluminium wheels, because rubber tyres would never hold together. 

At that speed, said Chapman, a 1kg bag of sugar would weigh 50 tonnes. When Bloodhound’s full power - the equivalent of 180 Formula 1 cars - is deployed, the car is designed to go from 0-60mph in less than a second, reaching 1000mph in 55sec.

Spectators planning to attend Bloodhound’s public days must purchase tickets, which are available at bloodhoundssc.yourticketbooking.com. Numbers are limited.

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12 June 2017
I hope they show it live on their website and especially the actual record breaking attempts.

13 June 2017
Winston, I hope you're being sarcastic - this is a huge project, breaking brand new territory and has required a vast amount of research.

Not only that, but the recession hurt their income and the project was frozen for more than a year.

Many would have given up but such is Richard Noble's passion and determination that he kept the project alive on a shoestring budget - until Geely stepped in with a key funding commitment.

Owen, I'm pretty sure that they'll stream the LSR attempts. They've built a pretty sophisticated data structure at Hakspeen.

Not only that but they have a history of streaming when Thrust SSC was running they used a lot of webcams - you can read more about this on the Thrust SSC website which has been frozen and kept live at thrustssc.com.

Go to the site and follow "live pictures" for examples of streamed video

25 September 2017
Dunlop rubber tyres from an English Electric Lightning? As far as I'm aware, there's only one airworthy Lightning left. Does someone still make the tyres? If not, I'd have thought the rubber was a bit perished by now.

3 October 2017
beechie wrote:

Dunlop rubber tyres from an English Electric Lightning? As far as I'm aware, there's only one airworthy Lightning left. Does someone still make the tyres? If not, I'd have thought the rubber was a bit perished by now.

Those particular tyres were probably chosen because they were of a convenient size and designed to cope with the speeds they will see at Newquay, thus saving a great deal of money that would have been needed to design custom tyres. To suggest that they might be using old, perished rubber is pretty stupid to say the least.

Citroëniste.

3 October 2017
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

beechie wrote:

Dunlop rubber tyres from an English Electric Lightning? As far as I'm aware, there's only one airworthy Lightning left. Does someone still make the tyres? If not, I'd have thought the rubber was a bit perished by now.

Those particular tyres were probably chosen because they were of a convenient size and designed to cope with the speeds they will see at Newquay, thus saving a great deal of money that would have been needed to design custom tyres. To suggest that they might be using old, perished rubber is pretty stupid to say the least.

Are you retarded?

3 October 2017

It is a valid point, who still makes new tyres for Lightnings, the last RAF one flew in 1988 and the last Saudi one a few years later. It is a tiny market now.

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