Richard Noble OBE and Dr Ben Evans

Designing the 1,000 mph Land Speed Record car BLOODHOUND SSC – an engineering adventure

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car, launched by Richard Noble and Andy Green in October 2008 is set to take the Land Speed Record into a whole new speed regime.  The team, including researchers from Swansea University at its heart, plans to take a manned vehicle to 1000mph by 2017, increasing the current Land Speed Record (763mph) by over 30%.  This target presents the team with massive scientific and engineering challenges, not least of which being how the car will stay attached to the ground at these speeds.  The CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) research team at The College of Engineering has been working on answering these questions, and predicting the overall aerodynamic behaviour of such a vehicle.  This presentation will consider how these challenges have been overcome in designing BLOODHOUND SSC and set out the difficulties still to be tackled in taking a manned vehicle to 1,000 mph.