Bloodhound SSC

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Bloodhound SSC
Bloodhound SSC project logo.PNG
Logo of the project and image of the vehicle
Manufacturer Bloodhound Company Ltd, Didcot
Assembly Bloodhound Technical Centre, Bristol
Body and chassis
Class Land speed record vehicle
Engine Rolls-Royce Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan
Nammo HTP hybrid rocket
Jaguar Land Rover V8 engine (HTP pump)
Wheelbase 8.9 m (29 ft)
Length 12.9 m (42 ft)
Width 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Height 3.0 m (9.8 ft)
Kerb weight 6,422 kg (14,158 lb) fuelled
Predecessor ThrustSSC
Bloodhound SSC as seen during its international debut expo at Canary Wharf, London in September 2015

Bloodhound SSC is a British supersonic land vehicle currently in development. Its goal is to match or exceed 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h), achieving a new world land speed record.[1] The pencil-shaped car, powered by a jet engine and a rocket engine, is designed to reach 1,050 miles per hour (1,690 km/h).[2] It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by 33%, the largest ever margin.[3][4]

Runway testing of up to 200 miles per hour (320 km/h) occurred on 26, 28 and 30 October 2017 in Newquay, Cornwall. Bloodhound SSC will then be tested on the Hakskeen Pan in the Mier area of the Northern Cape, South Africa, where a track 12 miles (19 km) long, 2 miles (3.2 km) wide has been cleared.[5]

In July 2016, it was reported that Andy Green would pilot the Bloodhound and attempt to break his own World Land Speed Record.[6] In May 2018, the team announced plans to make a 500 mph run in 2019, and a 1000 mph run in 2020.[7]


The project was announced on 23 October 2008 at the Science Museum in London by Lord Drayson - then Minister of Science in the UK's Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills - who in 2006 first proposed the project to Land Speed Record holders Richard Noble and Wing Commander and RAF pilot Andy Green. The two men, between them, have held the land speed record since 1983.

In 1983, Noble, a self-described engineer, adventurer, and former paint salesman,[8] reached 633 mph (1,019 km/h) driving a turbojet-powered car named Thrust2 across the Nevada desert. In 1997, he headed the project to build the ThrustSSC, which was driven by Andy Green at 763 mph (1,228 km/h), thereby breaking the sound barrier, a record first for a land vehicle (in compliance with Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile rules).

Andy Green is also Bloodhound's intended driver. Bloodhound is planned to accelerate from 0 to 1,000 mph (0 to 1,609 km/h) in 42 seconds, and decelerate using airbrakes at 800 mph (1,300 km/h), parachutes at 600mph (965km/h) and disc brakes below 250 mph (400 km/h). The force on the driver during acceleration will be 2.5g (two-and-a-half times his body weight) and during deceleration, up to 3g.

The project was originally fully based in the former Maritime Heritage Centre on the Bristol harbourside, located next to Brunel's SS Great Britain. The construction will remain in Bristol but the head offices of the project moved to Didcot in Oxfordshire in late 2015.[9]




The College of Engineering at Swansea University has been heavily involved in the aerodynamic shape of the vehicle from the start. Professor Oubay Hassan, Professor Ken Morgan their team have used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) [10] [11]to provide an understanding of the aerodynamic characteristics of the proposed shape, at all speeds, including predicting the likely vertical, lateral and drag forces on the vehicle and its pitch and yaw stability.[12] This technology, originally developed for the aerospace industry, was validated for a land-going vehicle during the design of ThrustSSC. It was this involvement with the previous land speed record that prompted Richard Noble to approach Swansea in April 2007 for their help with this latest challenge. Swansea University's School of the Environment and Society was also enlisted to help determine a new test site for the record as the test site for the ThrustSSC record attempt has become unsuitable.[13]


A prototype Eurojet EJ200 jet engine developed for the Eurofighter and bound for a museum, was donated to the project. This will take the car to 300 mph (480 km/h), after which a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by Nammo will boost the car up to 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). A third engine, a Jaguar supercharged V-8, will be used as an auxiliary power unit and to drive the oxidizer pump for the rocket. [14]

Development testing of the initial Bloodhound SSC hybrid rocket motor was conducted by Daniel Jubb[15] of The Falcon Project with tests conducted in 2008-2013. Publicly disclosed tests were conducted in 2009[16] and 2012[17][18] including a run at Newquay Airport in GB.[19] In addition Daniel Jubb[20] designed, manufactured and test fired a full diameter 18" monopropellant HTP thruster[21] for the subsonic ground tests for Bloodhound SSC. "The Bloodhound team had been developing its own hybrid power unit in collaboration with Manchester based Falcon Project Ltd, and gave this rocket its first UK test firing in October 2012. And although this demonstration was deemed a success at the time, it became clear that considerable sums of money and time would be needed to perfect the design." "Nammo will have test firings next year in Raufoss and when we get the data off those we can decide on precisely what the packaging requirements will be," said Mr Chapman, Bloodhound's chief engineer[22]

The Nammo hybrid rocket will be fuelled by solid hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene and liquid high-test peroxide oxidiser.

In order to accelerate the car to 800mph, the monopropellant rocket will produce around 40kN (8992 lbf) of thrust and the EJ200 jet engine will make 90kN (20,232 lbf) in reheat. For the 1,000mph runs, the Nammo hybrid rockets will provide a thrust of 123.75kN (27,820 lbf), generating about 212kN (47,659 lbf) in total [23]


The four 36-inch (910 mm) diameter wheels will rotate at up to 10,200 rpm and will be forged from an aluminum zinc alloy[24] to resist the 50,000 g centrifugal forces.[25]


Engineers produced the scale model which was exhibited at the launch, and will integrate the engineering behind the car into its curriculum, working with design team, led by Chief Engineer Mark Chapman. The car will be built at a site in Bristol.[26] The site will include an educational centre.[27] A full scale model was unveiled at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow,[28] when it was announced that Hampson Industries would begin to build the rear chassis section of the car in the first quarter of 2011 and that a deal for the manufacture of the front of the car was due. Chief Engineer Mark Chapman says, "We aim to shake down the vehicle on a runway in the UK at the beginning of 2013." This plan was delayed via lack of funding but by October 2017 full reheat static testing had been undertaken with the jet engine at Cornwall Airport Newquay prior to the start of low speed test runs.[29].

Education & STEM Outreach[edit]

The Bloodhound Project also has an education component designed to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by showcasing these subjects and interacting with young people and students.[30] The offices of Bloodhound Company were moved to UTC Oxfordshire in Didcot in 2016 to improve this link with education.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Noble, Green and Team Target 1,000MPH Record Thursday, 23 October 2008
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures". The Bloodhound Project. June 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Supersonic car targets 1,000mph". BBC News. BBC. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ Jonathan M. Gitlin (19 March 2014). "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?". Ars Technica. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Rolls-Royce Backs Bloodhound Monday, 13 May 2013
  6. ^ "Bloodhound SSC - first supersonic record attempt in October 2017". 
  7. ^ "Bloodhound SSC to make first speed record attempt in 2019". 
  8. ^ Noble, Richard (1999). Thrust. London: Bantam Books. p. 26. ISBN 0-553-81208-4. 
  9. ^ "1,000mph world record rocket car team moves into Oxfordshire headquarters". Oxfordshire Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Evans, Ben (2011). "Computational Fluid Dynamics Applied to the Aerodynamic Design of a Land-Based Supersonic Vehicle". Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations. 27: 141–159 – via 
  11. ^ Evans, Ben; Rose, Chris (2014-04-09). "Simulating the aerodynamic characteristics of the Land Speed Record vehicle BLOODHOUND SSC". Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. 228 (10): 1127–1141. doi:10.1177/0954407013511071. ISSN 0954-4070. 
  12. ^ "Swansea University help design Bloodhound SSC". Swansea University. Archived from the original on 29 October 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  13. ^ "Swansea University Desert Selection Programme". Swansea University. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  15. ^ Daniel Jubb Daniel Jubb, Accessed 31 December 2013.
  16. ^ YouTube video of the first test firing near Garlock, CA. 17 October 2009. Accessed 31 December 2013.
  17. ^ BBC, Science Section. Newquay test set for Bloodhound land speed rocket, BBC News, 12 September 2012. Accessed 31 December 2013.
  18. ^ YouTube video from The Telegraph of the Newquay, GB test firing. 12 September 2012. Accessed 2 January 2014.
  19. ^ Bloodhound SSC weblog of Daniel Jubb at second hybrid test at Aerohub, Newquay Cornwall Airport, GB [1], 12 October 2009. Accessed 31 December 2013.
  20. ^ BBC, Science Section. The Bloodhound Project Daniel Jubb,, 2008. Accessed 31 December 2013.
  21. ^ Bloodhound SSC weblog of first Monopropellant test firing near Garlock, CA [2], 12 July 2009. Accessed 31 December 2013.
  22. ^ Bloodhound 1,000mph car to use Norwegian Nammo rocket [3], 19 December 2013. Accessed 2 January 2014.
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  25. ^ P Malone, Sunday Times 26 Oct 2008
  26. ^ "Supersonic Bloodhound car to be built in Bristol". BBC. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  27. ^ "Education". Bloodhound SSC. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  28. ^ Amos, Jonathan (19 July 2010). "Model of Bloodhound supersonic car unveiled". BBC News. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
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  30. ^ "Bloodhound Education". Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  31. ^ Ffrench, Andrew. "Education secretary says parents will have final say on grammar schools during visit". Oxford Times. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 

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