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Posted by: Pupils | 18 January 2018

The Bloodhound is Go!

The Bloodhound SSC, a supersonic car, is hoping to break the landspeed world record which currently stands at 763mph.

Engineers in Cornwall fired up it engine on a "tie-down" test and it worked! A tie down test is when you anchor the car and test that the engine can turn on and off. The engine is an Rolls-Royce EJ200 power unit. It is normally used on a Eurofighter jet plane - they can go 1550mph! The car is designed to cover a mile in just 3.6 seconds.

The next step was it being driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay on 26 October. This tested the brakes as well as the engine and the car began some "slow-speed" running - about 210mph.

Eventually the Bloodhound SSC will race in South Africa to beat the world land speed record, using both the jet engine and a rocket motor. The aim is to lift the current record to 800mph , and then eventually to take it above 1,000mph.

I think the reason why people want to beat speed records is that they want to see how much they are capable of, to keep doing better and go faster. To make a world record is very exciting.

This project is estimated to cost in total £60 million, contributed by the public, sponsors and companies. While £60 million is a lot of money, it can cost 10 times more to run a top team's formula car! The benefits are that the work will also help education and schools, world knowledge and the university the project is located in. In perspective this project is quite cheap for what it is.

Potentially the risk is huge as well. Going that fast (possibly 1000 mph), anything going wrong would be fatal. There have been years of effort put into designing and building this car, not forgetting the cost. This time, effort and money could be used on other worthwhile causes such as helping the poor, homeless and starving. £60 million would save thousands and thousands of children in developing countries.

So is breaking the land-speed record worth it? I think so. Even though though there is much risk and money spent, the cost can be justified. This is because I think we should keep exploring what is the best we can do in something - in this case breaking the land-speed record. This project is pretty amazing.

Jeremy Prince

Sources:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41446557 http://www.bloodhoundssc.com http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/land-speed-(fastest-car)
https://drivetribe.com/p/how-much-does-it-cost-to-break-BSZnUM_ZQ8OwIjonJxEzjg?iid=fw_7KldyTganYYvrvs0zTA