Global Engineering Adventure the BLOODHOUND Project recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder UK to raise £100,000 for upcoming 1,000 mph world land speed record attempt. According to its organizers, the attempt is to inspire the next generation of children and young people to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“In October 2017, the world’s fastest car, BLOODHOUND SSC, will run for the first time ever at Newquay Airport in the UK. After that, we will be taking the Car to South Africa to break the World Land Speed Record. This is your chance to be part of the BLOODHOUND Experience by supporting the Project and pledging for one of our unique rewards – items and experiences you won’t be able to get anywhere else. This will help us continue with our Project, including our inspiring educational activities with schools, colleges and clubs.”
The BLOODHOUND is described as the “most advanced and powerful” land vehicle on earth. It is powered by three engines, a jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon plane, a rocket and a V8 petrol engine and it has taken 300 people years to design through computing clusters.
“The Car is 13.4m long and weighs 7.5 tonnes. It is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front section having a carbon fibre monocoque (like a racing car) and the back half consisting of a metallic framework and panels (like an aircraft). BLOODHOUND is the most complicated car ever built. When it is complete, it will comprise over 3,500 parts (and 22,500 rivets), many of which have been custom-made. It will include: a state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine; Nammo rockets, developed to power the next generation of space launchers; a 550bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 – used to pump the oxidiser into the rocket; two unique Rolex instruments specially made for BLOODHOUND SSC; a titanium skinned upper chassis; and a canopy with 25mm thick windscreen.”
Organizers noted that when BLOODHOUND SSC runs in Newquay in October, it will be driver Andy Green’s first chance to test how the Car drives and the first chance anyone will get to see it move under its own power. Funds from the campaign will go towards the car and other items for the run. The funding round is set to close mid-August.
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