BLOODHOUND Project Gears Up to 500mph

Lucy Bell-Young

by Lucy Bell-Young

10th January 2018

The BLOODHOUND SSC Project is challenging the World Land Speed Record with its jet-powered SuperSonic car. The team have already hit one milestone – but that’s nothing compared to what they have in store for this year.

What is the BLOODHOUND Project?

In case you haven’t heard, the BLOODHOUND Project is a high-technology plan to create a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier. Based in the UK, the project has several objectives. One of these is to bring science, technology, and engineering together in an exciting endeavour that will inspire the younger generation.

BLOODHOUND will inspire the next generation by using science to build a car that not only travels faster than the speed of sound, but also travels over 1,000 mph.  ReAgent proudly supply the project with IBCs of deionised water, which are used to safely test the car’s engine without fear of corrosion. We also supply hydrogen peroxide to the project, which is used for the passivation and conditioning of materials for the car.

Since its inception in 2008, the team who comprise the BLOODHOUND Project have dedicated themselves to this ground-breaking project, and have put years of hard work into creating the car that makes Formula 1s look like Ford Fiestas. After nearly a decade, their dream is finally being realised as they begin their test runs.

The MD of ReAgent visiting the BLOODHOUND Project's factory

In March 2015, our Managing Director, Richard Hudson, met with the team members of the BLOODHOUND Project in their factory. Behind them, the SuperSonic car is being constructed. Nearly 3 years later, they are gearing up to reach 500 mph in the very same car.

Newquay Aerohub 2017

In Summer last year, we wrote a blog about the Project’s upcoming event at Cornwall Airport Newquay. In October 2017, the BLOODHOUND Project carried out their first ever test run of the SuperSonic car at Newquay Aerohub. That day, the world witnessed the car achieve 200mph. This was the first milestone on their journey to breaking the land speed record – and they’re not stopping any time soon.

BLOODHOUND Will Reach 500mph This Year

2018 is bringing exciting things to the team at BLOODHOUND as, this autumn, they set their sights on the 12 mile track in Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. Located in the Northern Cape, this is where the BLOODHOUND Project will be targeting their next milestone: 500mph, which is half-way to breaking the barrier.

500mph will be one of the riskiest speeds for the car. It is between 400-500mph that the car’s stability will no longer be dictated by its contact with the ground. Instead, it will rely on aerodynamics. As the car reaches this crucial threshold, the grip from the wheels will decrease faster than it takes the aerodynamic forces to build up. This means that the car will be at its least stable.

Well, no one said breaking the World Land Speed Record was going to be smooth sailing, right?

Aircraft Grade Aluminium Wheels

Autumn 2018 will be first time that the SuperSonic car’s solid aluminium wheels will be showcased and tested. These are 35” units with V-shaped keels that dig into the ground at 25mm when the car is stationary. However, once the car increases in speed, these will rise out of the ground and plane along the surface like a jet ski on water.

The wheels of the SuperSonic car are crucial when gearing up to reach high speeds, and have a range of impressive features that have been specially developed by an international consortium:

  • 900mm diameter per wheel
  • 95kg in weight per wheel
  • 10,200 revolutions per minute
  • More than 4 times faster than the wheels on an F1 car travelling at top speed
  • Forged from the highest aircraft grade aluminium alloys

To see the full specs of the SuperSonic car, head over the BLOODHOUND website.

The engine of the BLOODHOUND Project's SuperSonic car being constructed

ReAgent were lucky enough to be invited to the BLOODHOUND Project factory to witness the construction of the jet propelled engine

Track Preparation

Setting the scene for this intense display of speed is the 12 mile track in the Hakskeen Pan. Thanks to the partnership formed between the BLOODHOUND Project, the local Mier community, and the Northern Cape Government, the location underwent the largest land clearance undertaken for any motorsport event.

16,000 tonnes of rock was removed from the 22 million square metres that comprises the Hakskeen Pan. The space means that BLOODHOUND will be able to lay 50 tracks side-by-side. This is essential since the SuperSonic car is unable to run over a piece of ground more than once.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Data from this second run will be collected by over 500 sensors across the car. The findings will then be shared with schools all over the world so that students can analyse the data.

This fulfils the BLOODHOUND Project’s other main of objective: to inspire the next generation about science by embarking on this exciting journey. The BLOODHOUND Project is more than just a test of speed; it is a project that pushes science, technology, mathematics, and engineering to their limits in a way that excites and motivates the younger generations.

You can join the BLOODHOUND Project in the Kalahari Desert for a once in a life time opportunity! Click this link to find out how!

The SuperSonic designed by BLOODHOUND Project

ReAgent are proud to be part of something so ground-breaking, revolutionary, and undeniably awesome. The use of our materials in this SuperSonic car is testament to the unrivalled quality we put in to our products and services. Head over to our online chemical store to see what top-grade products we can supply to your business, or contact us to find out more about our what we can offer you. 


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