Here's a video showing some graphical presentations of the BLOODHOUND Project's SSC development programme.

The BLOODHOUND Project is gaining momentum following several breakthroughs by the project's team. The project aims to break the land speed record by achieving velocities of over 1,000mph (1,609km/h) while simultaneously getting school children interested in mathematics and science. Already there are 2,410 schools that have signed up for the BLOODHOUND Education programme in the UK.

Progress has also been made on the actual car, the SSC. A final design has been approved after ten design evolutions. The initial 200kg power rocket was deemed insufficient and a new hybrid rocket weighing 400kg has now been fitted. Wheels were designed by Lockheed Martin UK to withstand forces of 50,000 radial g at the rim and support a 6.5 tonne car travelling at 1,050mph (1,690km/h). As for thrust, a total of about 212kN (47,500 lb) is produced from both the rocket and the installed EJ200 jet engine taken from the Eurofighter Typhoon. That is about the same as what 180 Formula One cars make.

The extra power and aerodynamic challenges posed by the new plant called for redesigns which are now believed to be sufficient to keep the whole car on land without destabilising it. The interior was designed to resemble a fighter jet cockpit to which the SSC is compared on the graphical presentation in the video.

The record attempt needed a straight, flat surface covering at least 10 miles (16km). After much research and study, the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa's Northern Cape province was chosen as the ideal location. It has a 12 mile (19km) long flat track with a surface that, although currently covered with some debris, will be cleaned up in time for the final 2011 record attempt.


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