Only Motors own #JC was at the unveiling of BloodhoundSSC’s cockpit. He shares his thoughts on this British attempt at crack 1,000mph in a car.
I come from the Top Gun era where fast planes, cars and motorcycles ruled the earth and environmental considerations weren’t even invented. I guess that explains why every so often, to quote Mr T. Cruise, “I feel the need, the need for speed”.
The United Kingdom has a long and illustrious history of wanting to be the fastest people on the planet. Sure, with the exception of a precious few athletes we, the Brits, aren’t notably speedy on two legs. However, when it comes to wheels we are right up there with velocity royalty.
The land speed record, for the fastest vehicle on four wheels, has been broken 31 times since 1914 and 24 of those records were set by the UK. The only other country to feature in those hundred years was the USA , back in the 60s, but we soon showed them who was boss. That said, not much has been achieved since 1997 when Andy Green piloted Thrust SSC to 763 mph.
To put that right here is a new kid on the block, Bloodhound SSC. This British pencil shaped, Usain Bolt is attempting to break the World Land Speed Record with a speed of 1000 mph. Believe it or not the wheels, for the fastest wheeled vehicle in history are being manufactured in Glasgow by Castle Precision Engineering! The four 36-inch diameter wheels will rotate at up to 10,200 rpm and will be forged from solid aluminium to resist the 50,000g centrifugal forces That’s enough to make your wee head spin!
This is more than a vanity project designed to achieve a meaningless record and create stardom for the ‘lucky’ pilot. Bloodhound SSC is an education project designed to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible. Any school, teacher, youth group or home educated family in the world can register their details here and download the free curriculum resource materials.
Bloodhound SSC, you have our attention. Do your stuff!