Bloodhound SSC – Andy Green

Sometime in 2015 or 2016, current Land Speed Record holder Andy Green will attempt to drive Bloodhound SSC to beyond 1,000 mph. Here are some of the key facts and figures about this amazing project; the car, the driver, and the location…

Bloodhound SSC, the supersonic car Andy Green hopes to take beyond 1000 mph

800 mph – the initial target for the car (1,287km/h), which will allow Andy Green to break his existing record of 763 mph, set in Thrust SSC in 1997.

15 October 2016 – the targeted date for the 800 mph record attempt, to be attempted at the purpose built track at Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa. It is an auspicious date; 15 October was the date on which Andy Green set the current record.

19 years – if broken, the length of time the current record will have stood.

1,050 mph – the ultimate record-breaking speed the team aim to reach in 2017.

287 mph – how much faster than the current record of 763 mph that the the car will need to travel in order to hit 1,050 mph.

55 seconds – the time it will take to reach 1,000 mph.

17 seconds – the time it will take to go from 500 mph to 1,000 mph.

11 miles – the approximate distance the car will travel on each run.

12 miles – the length of the track created at the Hakskeen Pan.

500 metres – the width of the Hakskeen Pan track.

50 mm – the maximum variation from the average elevation of the dips and bumps of the lake bed, across the entire surface of the track.

12 inches – the change in height of a gentle slope running north to south, over a 10 mile distance (300 mm in 16 km).

9 km – the distance the car will have traveled at the point it enters the measured mile.

3.6 seconds – the time it will take to complete the flying mile.

135,000 bhp – the power of the car, measured in brake horsepower.

180 – the equivalent number of modern Formula 1 cars you would need to match the power output of Bloodhound SSC (F1 cars output around 750 bhp).

9.1:1 – the power to weight ratio of the Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine (weighing 989 kg and with 20,000 lbf of thrust).

5:1 – in comparison, the power to weight ratio of the jet engines that were used in the current record-holding car, Thrust SSC (it’s two Rolls Royce Spey 202 jet engines each weighed 1,856 kg and output 20,500 lbf of thrust).

650 mph – the approximate speed that the EJ200 jet engine would be able to take Bloodhound SSC without the additional thrust that the rocket will add in order to meet and exceed 1,000 mph.

47,000 lbf – the total power output of the car, measured in pound-force, a standardised value for acceleration ((212 kN – kilonewtons).

20,000 lbf – the thrust available from the jet engine (90 kN).

27,000 lbf – the thrust available from the from the rocket cluster (122 kN).

64,000 litres – the volume of air that the carbon composite jet air intake will have to handle per second at 1,000 mph.

7,786 kg – the fully-fueled weight of the car (17,165 lb, or 7.8 metric tonnes).

4,547 – the number of aerospace grade rivets required to hold the floor of the car together.

240 – the number of primary parts from which the floor of the car is constructed.

1,000 – the approximate number of hours required to put the floor together.

$23,000,000 – the approximate cost of building the car.

44 feet – the length of Thrust SSC (13.470 metres).

12 feet – the width of the car (3.66m).

9 feet 2 inches – the overall height of the car (3 metres).

9 – the number of years that will have been spent on the project, on research, design and manufacturing, by the time the record attempt is made.

350 – the approximate number of companies and universities that have been involved in making the project happen.

10,500 rpm – the speed at which the wheels will turn at 1,000 mph.

170 – at maximum speed, the number of times the wheels will turn every second.

50,000 g – the force at the rim of the wheel at 10,200 rpm.

20 tonnes – the amount of drag that will be pushing against the car at 1,000 mph.

180 db – the likely audible volume of the SSC rocket, in decibels.

3,000°C – the temperature that the inside of the rocket will reach.

12 – the number of cameras that have been built into the car, to record the runs.

2 – the number of these cameras that have been installed into the cockpit. They will broadcast live images during the record attempt.

Bloodhound SSC Safety

7 – the number of fire extinguishers installed in the vehicle.

3 – the number of braking systems.

500 – the number of safety sensors installed (twice the number found in a modern Formula One car). These sensors will enable the team’s engineers to monitor exactly how the car is performing during each high speed run.

20,000 – the approximate number of possible world record sites that were assessed using satellite imagery and software developed by Swansea University, before Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, South Africa was chosen.

21.5 million m² – the area of the Hakskeen Pan lake bed that needed to be cleared of stones.

317 – the size of the team employed in clearing the track.

16,000 tonnes – the approximate weight of rocks and stones removed by the team.

120 – the number of days the team were employed in the removal of stones.

3 months – the approximate time the team will spend at Hakskeen Pan ahead of the October 2016 800 mph record attempt.

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