By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / Director: The BLOODHOUND Project
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote
Editor: Jack Stevens
The original record was made in 1997, when the British Royal Air Force achieved an incredible speed of 763mph.
But now, Bloodhound is hoping to smash through that speed and reach 807mph by November 2017.
Andy Green OBE is the driver of the Bloodhound Supersonic car and was the same driver who broke the original record back in ’97.
He said: “Bloodhound is about bringing science and technology to life in the most exciting way possible.
“It’s taken us eight years to get to the point of finally building Bloodhound and we’ve been working on the car for almost 10 years by the time it breaks its first record next year – 1,300km/h.
“We can relay live video and live data from the car every single time it runs to tens of millions of people around the world.
“That will actually give us the opportunity to gain the largest engineering audience in history, in the biggest engineering experiment in land-speed record history."
And it doesn’t stop there for the team – by 2018, they are hoping to push the pace to an eye-watering 1,600km/h.
Andy said: “1,600km/h is faster than any jet fighter has ever been in the thick air down here at ground level.
“So for the first time in over 100 years, we’re trying to build a car that’s faster than any aeroplane in existence.
“We’re all very excited about that, we remain slightly cautious and slightly nervous about the pitfalls, but the quality of the team means we can actually attack it with confidence knowing we can do this safely.”
The Bloodhound car was unveiled in September 2015 in London’s Canary Wharf and the team are now conducting test runs in Hakskeen Pan South Africa due to the long stretches of open space that allow them to reach the highest speeds.
The shaping of the car was one of the major challenges in the project, but with a length of 13.47 metres and a height of 3 metres – chief engineer Mark Chapman believes they have found the perfect stability.
Mark said: “The car itself is big, blue and orange – and to get up to 1,000mph, we need three engines – so we’ve got an EJ200.
“We also have a Nammo rocket – and then just to pump the oxidise of that rocket, we have a car engine with 600 horsepower.
“It’s quite an incredible combination of things to give us 135,000 equivalent horsepower – that’s 20 tons of thrust.”
A horsepower of 135,000 is six times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together.
“We go from naught to 1,000 to naught in just under two minutes,” Mark said.
“The measured mile is 3.4 seconds long and we cover four and a half football pitches a second.
“You could be sat in a football stadium and as you closed your eye the car would come in from one side of the stadium and as you opened your eye it would go out the other side of the stadium – and you’d have missed it.”
The Bloodhound team wishes to motivate and inspire the youth of today with their creation.
Andy Green said: “Our target audience is the next generation of young scientists and engineers.
“This is about inspiring and exciting them about the science and technology of today, so they can go ahead and build the world of tomorrow.
“That’s what Bloodhound is all about.”