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Bloodhound SSC Case Study

The Bloodhound Project is a British educational initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers through the Bloodhound SSC - a supersonic vehicle currently being developed to achieve a new world land speed record.

With the car making its attempt to smash the 1,000mph barrier in 2019, in South Africa, the Bloodhound Education Programme involves students of all ages, from primary and secondary school pupils, to those in further and higher education. Organisers also give hands-on demonstrations to professional institutions and adult education groups, to ensure the project is promoted as widely as possible.



The project was launched on 23rd October 2008 at the London Science Museum by Lord Drayson, who was Minister of Science in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills at the time. He had first proposed the project in 2006 to the land speed record holders, Wing Commander Andy Green and Richard Noble.

Engineer and adventurer Noble and RAF pilot Green reached 633 mph in a turbojet-powered car named Thrust2, while travelling across the Nevada desert in 1983. In 1997, Wing Commander Green went on to set the first supersonic world land speed record of 763 mph, breaking the sound barrier.

Green is Bloodhound's proposed driver, who will be accelerating from 0 to 1,000 mph in 42 seconds during the record-breaking bid in 2019. The goal of the project is for Bloodhound SSC to exceed 1,000 mph. The pencil-shaped car is powered by a jet engine and should be able to reach speeds of up to 1,050 mph.

The aim is to break the current land speed record by the biggest ever margin, 33%. Bloodhound SSC is to be tested in the Northern Cape of South Africa, on the Hakskeen Pan, on a 12-mile long track. Successful testing of up to 200 mph took place in October 2017 in Newquay in Cornwall.


Educational activities

The Bloodhound education programme was created to remedy the shortage of engineers, scientists and mathematicians in the United Kingdom. Organisers of the project say they desperately need to motivate young people to study and enjoy science, engineering, technology and maths, at school and university level.

There are many educational materials and activities based on Bloodhound SSC, all of which are available free of charge. These include the national rocket car championships, Race for the Line, activities at the Technical Centre, visits to schools and clubs and online science and technology resources.

The Bloodhound Project provides a catalyst to help youngsters acquire the skills and passion needed to develop their talents in pursuing science and technology subjects to solve the challenges of the future. It provides a unique chance to study university level engineering, while accessing real design challenges and testing data as Bloodhound continues to develop.

The project, Bloodhound@University, is being jointly run by academics from University of Southampton, the University of the West of England, Birmingham University and Swansea University, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Coruba is proud to be involved with Bloodhound SSC and the associated educational projects through our innovative products, which have been used to build a model road for students to test their model vehicles - our black economy grade SBR 70° shore is an 'economy' grade Styrene Butadiene rubber. Commonly used in simple applications such as dust seals, packing pieces and protection pads, it provided the perfect surface on which to test the model vehicles.

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