Eight fun facts about the Bloodhound SSC

Eight fun facts about the Bloodhound SSC

As the Bristol-based team of British engineers gear up to attempt to break the landspeed record, we look at some fun Bloodhound SSC facts and see how it measures up to other record holders.

1

Bloodhound SSC is going to be really, really fast

He's fast, but could he outrun a jet engine? (© Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
He’s fast, but could he outrun a jet engine? (© Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City is currently the fastest player in the Premier Leagueat 22.02mph* – it would take him around 160 seconds to cover one mile at full pelt (if his lungs will let him). The Bloodhound SSC will cover that same distance in 3.6 seconds…

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*as of November 2015

2

Cover your ears, it’s loud!

How loud? Not loud enough... (© Paul Kane/Getty Images)
How loud? Not loud enough… (© Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Rock legends Kiss are said to be the loudest band in the world after reaching 136 dB at a gig in Canada, but even that isn’t loud enough to drown out the engine of the Bloodhoud, which drops in at an ear-shattering 180 dB. And it sounds even more hellish

3

It’ll struggle to find a parking space

But can it turn on a sixpence? (© iStock)
But can it turn on a sixpence? (© iStock)

The iconic Hackney Carriage (or black cab) is famed for having a turning circle of only 8 metres. Bloodhound SSC on the other hand is a little more unwieldy, at a whopping 120 metres. Try pulling a U-turn in that!

4

It’s faster than a speeding bullet!

Pft, Superman has nothing on the Bloodhound (© Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)
Pft, Superman has nothing on the Bloodhound (© Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)

Superman may have been faster than a speeding bullet, but he’s from the planet Krypton so his records don’t technically count on Earth. The Bloodhound SSC on the other hand, is most definitely from this planet, and at its peak speed of 1050mph it will be faster than a bullet fired from a .357 Magnum.

5

A bolt from the blue!

Bolt out of the blocks (© Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bolt out of the blocks (© Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During the 100m final of the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Usain Bolt became the fastest man on two legs when he set a world record of 9.58s. Taking reaction speed into account, Bolt reached his maximum speed of 27.44mph somewhere between 60-80m, so it took him a blisteringly quick 6.46-8.07 seconds to hit that pace.

The Bloodhound SSC beats Bolt hands down though, being able to reach its top speed in only 55 seconds. But that’s not all, when the rocket fires up the car will accelerate from 350mph to 410mph in only 1.5 seconds. Blink and you’ll miss it!

6

It is going to be a smooth ride

"Let's get the boys on the baize!" (© iStock)
“Let’s get the boys on the baize!” (© iStock)

The stretch of land at the Hakskeenpan in South Africa, where the Bloodhound SSC will make its record attempt, is 12 miles long, but has only 40cm of undulation. That makes it comparatively smoother than a snooker table.

7

 It has a tough track record

Flat as a pancake (© 2015 Landsat, Google)
Flat as a pancake (© 2015 Landsat, Google)

It took 317 people from the local community 120 days to clear 18,500 tonnes of stone from 21.5 million square metres of the Hakskeenpan desert – by hand!

8

It’s breaking some smaller records already

Educating and inspiring the next generation of engineers is big on the list the Bloodhound team’s agenda, so with the help of Guinness World Records they created the Bloodhound Model Rocket Car Challenge in an attempt to break the speed record of a model car. The current record is held by pupils from the Joseph Whitaker School Young Engineers in Nottinghamshire, whose model Insanity reached 533.10mph – that’s 445mph faster than the 2011 record.

Playgrounds will never be the same again.

You can find more incredible Bloodhound SSC facts at www.bloodhoundssc.com/project.


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