BLOODHOUND SSC makes first public test runs
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EPSRC is a founding sponsor of BLOODHOUND SSC, which has undergone its first public tests ahead of a world land speed record bid.
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Dr Ben Evans, Swansea University (BE)
So we're at Newquay, Cornwall airport, we're about to start the low speed testing phase of Bloodhound SSC. What we're hoping to achieve today is a 200mph run where we can start getting some data back from the car, we can get a handle on how the jet engine is performing and start building some confidence towards the high speed testing that we're going to be doing next year.
Richard Noble, Project Director, Bloodhound SSC
We're going to run the car down the runway, twice, and we're going to go to 200mph, we can't go any faster because, first of all, we've got to stop on the runway and secondly of course, we're using rubber tyres and they're only cleared to just over 200 mph. The great thing is, it's an opportunity for people to see the car, feel the car, get the noise of the car, all the rest of it and have a really exciting day around it.
I've been working for over ten years now on the aerodynamic modelling of the behaviour of Bloodhound. So we needed to develop our computational fluid dynamics capabilities, we needed to be able to model things like a 1,000mph rolling ground plane, supersonic rotating wheels and all of that was done through research funded by EPSRC.
Andy Green, Bloodhound Pilot
Today was all about showing that bloodhound was ready to go faster and we are also going faster today than we have been before.
Breaks off, by about 40mph maximum reheat kicks in, the car is now accelerating at 1.5G, it's the equivalent of 0-60 in two seconds in a normal road car. The ten-year-old girl that doesn't yet know that she's excited about science and technology is going to look and think wow at the performance by this car, and just ask that one key question: how does that work? And that's all we need. We've managed to get that message in front of two million kids in the UK already and that's before today when we started running the car.
Kedar Pandya, EPSRC
The legacy will be beyond the miles per hour, won't it really? The legacy if you think, goes back to the seventies, the Apollo programmes - what did it do? EPSRC has invested a million pounds alongside others in the education programme that stretched to 5,000 schools, two million school children, so young girls and boys really being inspired by this iconic project, to see that it's fun as well as has real impact globally.