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Rocket car hits town!

By Warren Wilkins 27th September 2017

Rocket car hits town!
The Bloodhound and its crew arrive in Newquay.

IT’S all systems go as a supersonic car that will attempt to break the world land speed record arrived in Newquay on Monday to undergo crucial trials.

The Bloodhound SSC – which aims to hit 1,000mph – was delivered to Cornwall Airport Newquay onboard a transporter, which usually carries bendy buses. The engineering team lowered the state-of-the-art car into its storage hangar ahead of driver Andy Green testing its steering, brakes, suspension, data systems and jet engine along the 1.7 mile runway throughout October, which cannot be undertaken through simulation. It is envisaged the 7.5 tonne, 13.4-metre long car will travel at speeds of up to 200mph at Newquay airport.

Thousands of people are expected to visit the airport to watch as the Bloodhound SSC is put through its paces on October 26 and 28, which will include 4,500 local schoolchildren as part of an education programme that aims to inspire the next generation of engineers. The supersonic car will be undertaking the ‘slow’ speed trials at the airport before heading out to the Hakskeen Pan desert in South Africa next year for the world record attempt, which currently stands at 763mph. Bloodhound’s aim is to raise the mark in two stages by first reaching speeds of 800mph, and then on to 1,000mph.

Andy Green told the NewquayVoice: “I have been really looking forward to coming to Newquay. The airport is a brilliant location. We looked at airfields across the country but Newquay airport was the best place because of its runway and storage facilities.

“The slow speed testing here will see the car travel at a fifth of what ultimately it will be capable of, but it will give us the opportunity to test all the electronics, the braking system and the jet engine. It is the first land speed record of the digital age and we want to make sure we do it properly.”

The Bloodhound SSC was assembled at its technical centre in Avonmouth in Bristol before being transported to Cornwall Airport Newquay to iron out any gremlins before heading to South Africa.  

The vehicle has more than 3,500 parts, which includes a Rolls-Royce EJ200 Jet engine sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon.

Stuart Edmondson, head of the Bloodhound SSC engineering operations, said: “The arrival of the Bloodhound at Newquay is a monumental occasion for the team.

“We have spent nine years designing and building the car and now we are moving into the trials and testing. All the work designing and building the car has come to fruition.

“The massive runway at Newquay airport gives us the opportunity to take the car up to some speed, which sets us up for the record attempt in South Africa. If we did not do the trial runs in Newquay we would have to face the problems in South Africa. It will be a great way to find out any initial problems and sort them out before we get there.

“I cannot wait to see the faces of 4,500 schoolchildren at the airport on October 30. One of the main aims of the Bloodhound is to inspire the next generation of engineers. It will be an experience they will never forget.”

The Newquay trials in October will mark the 20th anniversary of Andy Green setting the existing land speed record in Thrust SSC in 1997.

By Warren Wilkins 27th September 2017

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