The Bloodhound SSC supersonic car is a specially-built racing vehicle with one goal in mind: to break the current land-speed record and try to go supersonic. At the moment, the car is essentially finished but has hit a roadblock just before crossing the finish line and making history. A final investment of about 25 million euros will be required before the Bloodhound can show its stuff.
Birth of the Bloodhound
The Bloodhound project was announced on October 23rd, 2008. The announcement took place at the Science Museum of London and was given by Lord Drayson, the head of Minister of Science in the UK’s Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills at the time.
The project was first proposed to the current holders of the land speed record, Richard Noble and Wing Commander and RAF pilot Andy Greene.
The technology behind breaking land-speed records
The Bloodhound SSC has been designed from the first planning steps to incorporate the best possible technologies to help it set all new land-speed records. Swansea University’s College of Engineering has helped develop the aerodynamic shape of the vehicle using Computational Fluid Dynamics. The Bloodhound’s wheels have been specially created to withstand 50,000 g of centrifugal force.
The twin hearts of the attempt to make the Bloodhound attain supersonic speeds is a prototype Eurojet EJ200 and a bespoke hybrid rocket designed by the Nordic Ammunition company. A Jaguar supercharged V-8 engine will serve as an auxiliary power unit.
The financial roadblock
Right now, the Bloodhound is practically ready to break records. However, Bloodhound Programme Limited, the company backing the Bloodhound project, went into administration this year, leaving a final gap in funding of 25 million euros.
This setback comes as a result of the project being a private undertaking and having struggled for the last three years to obtain enough funding to continue to the end. The act of going into administration allows Bloodhound Programme Limited to take some time to find investors for the final push to finalize the Bloodhound SSC and see just what it can do.