Posted: Mon 15th Jun 2015

Bloodhound supersonic car backed by Deeside based PPA Group to get first public outing

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 15th, 2015

Bloodhound supersonic car backed by Deeside based engineering firm PPA Group is set to make its world debut on November 17th this year with a 200mph ‘slow speed’ trial at Newquay Aerohub, Cornwall. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The British built car is aiming to become the first to break 1,000mph (1,600km/h) however, an issue with a rocket engine fuel pump has left the Bloodhound team with insufficient time to attempt the record on a specially prepared track in South Africa due to seasonal rains. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Deeside based PPA Group, who manufacturer composites and aviation components, have been responsible for designing and manufacturing the canopy and porthole side windows for the car which is powered by a Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet from a Eurofighter Typhoon, a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets and a Jaguar V8 engine that drives the rocket oxidiser pump. The power units generate 135,000 thrust horsepower, equivalent to 180 Formula 1 cars. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The car’s assembly is under way in Bristol and will be fitted with airbrakes and winglets after its Newquay trial so it can start high-speed testing at Hakskeen Pan, in South Africa’s Northern Cape in summer 2016. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Bloodhound spokesman Richard Knight said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Hopefully we will be able to get the car up to 800mph once we get to South Africa. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is going to be a gradual process. We cannot rush to try to get up to 1,000mph. The saying is: ‘You don’t hurry to go fast’.”
A forward party will deploy in April / May next year to prepare the team’s desert base. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The results from the Summer 2016 tests will help with the project’s ultimate speed goal of setting a new World Land Speed Record of 1,000mph. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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