2023 Author: Bryan Walter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 22:24
Setting a speed record in the artist's mind.
The Bloodhound SSC rocket vehicle project team has postponed the timing of the ground speed record. The race, originally scheduled for the spring of 2017, was postponed to October of the same year. In addition, the necessary funds have been found for the final completion of the car's construction, according to the project's website.
According to the project, the maximum speed of the Bloodhound SSC will be 1600 kilometers per hour: at the first stage of acceleration, the car will be driven by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 turbofan engine, and then Nammo hybrid rocket engines will be connected. The car with a length of 13.5 meters has a weight of 7.5 tons, the installed rocket engines are theoretically capable of producing 135 thousand horsepower. The estimated acceleration time to 1600 kilometers per hour is 55 seconds, after which it will take another 65 seconds to stop completely.
The first test drive at "low" speed will take place in June 2017, in the British city of Newquay. The project specialists plan to accelerate the car to 354 kilometers per hour and test the operation of the live broadcast from the on-board camera in this mode. After testing, the car will be partially disassembled and transported to the Kalahari Desert to set a new speed record.
The new record-breaking race will be driven by Andy Greene, a Royal Air Force pilot who also set the current speed record in 1997. At the wheel of the Thrust SSC car, the pilot accelerated to 1228 kilometers per hour. The Thrust SSC was the first car to officially break the sound barrier.