The Bloodhound project was launched nearly 8 years ago. The aim & vision is to break the land speed record, and ultimately achieve 1000mph. The project has been very much ‘open source’ regarding it’s design and innovative technology. CAD drawings are readily available on the net of the car’s design, plus youtube videos of it’s progress to date. The reason for this, as I understand it, is ‘share’ the project to help promote & enthuse engineering amongst the younger generation. There are over 300 sponsors & commercial partners, including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers that share this vision. Regarding budgets and costs, £16 million has been spent thus far, and another £7 million is needed to achieve it’s goal at the Hakskeen Pan, South Africa.
Not surprisingly the design has changed & evolved along the way due to computer simulations, low speed testing and new technologies, materials and products coming to market. I perceive this to be expected for such a long term ground breaking engineering project as this. They are now on the last stage, with just 10% left to go before the trip to South Africa.
Let’s hope Bloodhound is amazingly successful, and has good media coverage, that will encourage the younger generation into engineering.
Hope you have a good month
All the best
For further info: https://www.youtube.com/user/1050mph
ps please also see my previous blog on Bloodhound in June 2015 for more videos
“You will never win if you never begin.”
“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
– Isaac Asimov
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
– Woody Allen
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