Building the fastest car in the world

8th September 2011

What began as a set of scribbles on a note pad is finally becoming an achievable reality as engineers behind the Bloodhound SSC, the car with which they hope to break the current land speed record, start to see a host of shiny new car parts line the shelves of their previously empty Bristol warehouse. 

One of the teams three Eurofighter jet engines 

So far, half of the Bloodhound is now ready for manufacture and the team is already in possession of its wheels, lower chassis, engine and design templates for the steering wheel.

Weighing in at 100kg each, the wheels and are made from solid aluminum. Developed by Lockheed Martin, they will spin at 10200 rpm, faster than any others in the world, and produce a staggering 50,000 radial g. 

The chassis is arriving in 20 separate sections. Manufactured by British aerospace company Hampson, each piece is also made from aluminium and will form what the team refer to as the ribs of the Bloodhound. 

The team have set aside three Eurofighter jet engines to power the car during its initial acceleration. Only one will be used, but they are taking no chances and have set aside two as back up.

Brian Coombs, Bloodhound engineer and mechanical designer, was positive about the progress being made,  “We’re half way through the design of the many components that make up the vehicle”, he said, “some of the parts have now started to be manufactured”. 

The aluminium wheels of the Bloodhound SSC

Find out more

Bloodhound: the start of the journey